Total mentions of 'National Capital Region' in the budget: One.
While cities and towns across Canada, including Ottawa, will receive billions of dollars in infrastructural investment over the next several years, the nation's capital did not crack the list of federal priorities.
The lone infrastructure investment specific to the National Capital Region is money that will go towards the maintenance of "several federal bridges" in the area.
Also on the transit front, Ottawa's three shout-outs in the budget were dedicated to an improvement of VIA service in the Montreal-Ottawa-Toronto corridor.
After that, it was slim pickings for Ottawa. In 2007, the federal Tories introduced the Building Canada fund, which committed $33 billion over seven years to infrastructure across Canada. The established priorities of the fund were outlined in today's budget:
• Summerside Wind Energy in Prince Edward IslandNothing to be found on that list in Ottawa. Of course, there is plenty of money in the Building Canada fund and Ottawa is sure to get some of the goods over the years. We shall see as projects roll out.
• Trans-Canada Highway improvements in Newfoundland and Labrador
• Major bridge rehabilitation on the National Highway System
in Nova Scotia
• Fundy Trail Parkway in New Brunswick
• Road upgrades in the Québec City metropolitan area, and upgrades to water and sewer systems across the province of Quebec.
• Union Station revitalization in Toronto, Ontario
• Centreport Project at Inland Port in Winnipeg, Manitoba
• Highway 39 truck bypass in Estevan, Saskatchewan
• Telus World of Science in Calgary, Alberta
• Evergreen transit line in Vancouver, British Columbia
• Piqqusilirivvik cultural facility in Clyde River, Nunavut
• City of Yellowknife bypass road in the Northwest Territories
• Water treatment projects in the Yukon
Admittedly, this is a fairly unsubstantial first glance at the budget. If any readers have opinions about how today's budget will affect Ottawa, please make your views known in the comments section.
UPDATE: Commenter Bob LeDrew points out the following: "Algonquin College was specifically mentioned in Chapter 3D as one place where funds could be spent for repair or renovation for facilities that would lead to increases in high tech or advanced skills training."