The federal infrastructure minister has announced more than $73 million from the federal gas tax fund to help smaller B.C. communities.
At an event in Surrey on Friday morning, Amarjeet Sohi says infrastructure is about more than just the structures themselves.
“It is more than the concrete and water pipes or roads and bridges or buses and train tracks. As I always mention, infrastructure is about people.”
Currently, the feds, province, and municipalities pay a third each for infrastructure.
But Vancouver city councillor Geoff Meggs is suggesting cities should pay ten per cent that would help cover operating costs.
B.C. Minister for TransLink Peter Fassbender was appearing cool to that idea, saying he wants to see what the feds say first.
“I’m not ruling anything out at the moment, depending on what the federal government is prepared to do, that will affect the overall funding formula.”
Sohi says discussions are continuing on a new formula.
The money will help subsidize 57 different projects across the province, which cost about $98 million, such as upgrading the water supply in 100 Mile House and doubling the passenger capacity at the Smithers airport.