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Increased support for municipalities in federal budget Mayor welcomes increase to gas tax transfer

March 19, 2019

Regina’s Mayor is pleased to see the federal government increasing financial
support for municipalities, putting more tools directly into the hands of local
government.
 
Today’s federal budget release includes a one-time doubling of the gas tax transfer
received by municipalities. In 2018/19, the City of Regina received over $12 million
from this fund.
 
“The doubling of this transfer represents a significant opportunity to advance priority
infrastructure projects that will greatly improve our community,” said Mayor Michael
Fougere. “This shows our direct, strong relationship with the federal government and
the ability of the municipal sector to identify projects that best serve our residents.”
 
Mayor Fougere also welcomed new details on the National Housing Strategy,
including a new $4 billion Canada Housing Benefit, a commitment to reduce chronic
homelessness by 50 per cent, and measures to assist first-time home buyers.
 
“As our community is working hard on a local action plan to advance reconciliation, I
am also encouraged to see significant funding directed towards the health and wellbeing
of Indigenous communities and reconciliation,” Mayor Fougere added.
 
The City’s Administration will analyze the budget to better understand the
implications of these and other announcements and how they could impact the City
of Regina.