August 21, 2017


15° C, Light rain showers

Full Forecast


Advertise With Us

Three questions about infrastructure funding

Hey there, time traveller!
This article was published 21/4/2013 (1582 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

The province says it will increase total infrastructure spending this year by $367 million. Critics claim it's only an $80-million increase. Who's telling the truth?

Total infrastructure spending in 2013-14 is budgeted to top out at $1.799 billion. If you compare that number to the most recent information available on what the province spent last year, $1.432 billion, this year's target is $367 million higher. The $1.799 billion is the most spent by a provincial government in Manitoba, and a 25.5 per cent bump and the largest year-over-year increase in the province's history.


Why did others claim infrastructure spending was only going up by $80 million?

Government critics did not use the third-quarter update for their calculation. Instead, they compared the 2013-14 budget figure with the figure that was in the 2012-13 budget, which was $1.719 billion.


Why did total infrastructure spending go down in 2012-13?

Last year, several hundred million dollars in projects were deferred. This included the Highway 23 bridge over the Red River at Morris, a bridge over the Assiniboine Diversion, PR 280 to Gillam, PR 373 to Norway House, and improvements to Highway 16 east of Foxwarren. A provincial spokesman indicated there were also changes to the tendering process that led to other work being delayed. This lowered the 2012-13 budget line by $287 million.


Advertise With Us

You can comment on most stories on You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective January 2015.

Photo Store

Scroll down to load more