Communities across the province will see investments in hospitals, schools, highways and other critical infrastructure that will serve Nova Scotians for generations to come.
Finance and Treasury Board Minister Karen Casey released Capital Plan 2019-20 today, March 7, government’s annual infrastructure investment plan to lay out capital spending for the coming year.
“Nova Scotians have told us that health care is their first priority, and that is why this capital plan invests in the next generation of health care service delivery,” said Ms. Casey. “From new and renovated operating rooms to improved cancer care centres, and more, these projects will transform how some of the province’s most specialized health services are delivered.”
The plan outlines $691.3 million in capital projects including an overall investment of $156.9 million to support the largest health care redevelopment projects in the province’s history. The projects are spread across the province and include significant investments in the QEII New Generation project, the IWK Health Centre and the CBRM Health Care Redevelopment project.
Capital Plan 2019-20 includes:
$156.9 million for health care redevelopment projects
$35.2 million for construction, repair and renewal of other hospitals and medical facilities
$63.1 million for school design and construction
$13.4 million for vehicles and equipment
$10.6 million for information technology projects
There is also a contingency fund of $48 million.
Capital Plan 2019-20 also includes $300 million in investments outlined in the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal’s five-year Highway Improvement Plan. It maps out government’s approach to repairing and maintaining the province’s 23,000 kilometres of roads and highways and 4,100 bridges.
The capital plan is subject to approval in the 2019-20 budget. It is available at https://beta.novascotia.ca/documents/capital-plan-2019-2020
The five-year Highway Improvement Plan can be found at https://novascotia.ca/tran/highways/hwyconstruction.asp