Alberta seeks input on STIP program
By Andrew Macklin
March 14, 2016 – The Alberta government is engaging with municipalities and other stakeholders about how to most effectively restore funding to the Strategic Transportation Infrastructure Program (STIP).
“Restoring funding to STIP will help municipalities build the transportation infrastructure they need to encourage economic growth and support their communities,” says Alberta minister of transportation Brian Mason. “We want to get it right. That’s why we’re committed to engaging with our key stakeholders and determining how they can best use this program to benefit all regions of the province.”
In November 2015, government announced it was restoring funding to the Strategic Transportation Infrastructure Program – beginning in April 2017 – to municipalities and other eligible stakeholders. The program has been unfunded for new projects since 2012-2013.
“As AAMDC members manage the majority of Alberta’s roads and bridges, a strong partnership between the Government of Alberta and rural municipalities is essential to building a strong rural transportation network,” says Al Kemmere, president of Alberta Association of Municipal Districts and Counties.
The STIP provides financial assistance to smaller and rural municipalities for developing and maintaining key transportation infrastructure to promote economic growth and improve mobility, through strategic, project-specific investment in capital construction and rehabilitation of important local transportation infrastructure such as local bridges, community airports, and resource roads.