By MEDICINE HAT NEWS on July 21, 2021.
Ottawa is nearly doubling the Canada Gas Tax Grant outlays to municipalities in Saskatchewan, it was announced Tuesday.
The fund’s name officially changed to the Canada Community-Building Grant on June 29.
It is administered by the provinces through agreements with Ottawa, pays for municipal infrastructure work like roads and firehalls, and this year will be $65.4 million on top of an additional $62.6 million “top-up” from last year.
For major communities in the southwest of the province, that essentially doubles final amounts for Maple Creek town (town, $254,000; district, $130,000), Leader ($105,000) Fox Valley (RM, $40,200; village, $40,200), Richmound ($17,900), Shaunavon ($209,0000), Gull Lake (Town, $127,000), and Burstall (town, $33,800).
The difference adds just under $1 million to the grant paid to the City of Swift Current.