The federal government is heading on a road trip.
The destination: a long-term infrastructure plan.
Over the next year federal offices will consult provinces, municipalities and territories to develop the plan, Federal Transport Minister Denis Lebel announced Wednesday. It's expected to be released in 2014.
Premier Greg Selinger said Thursday that Manitoba, too, will be working with municipalities to make sure local priorities are covered.
"From roads to community centres, our public infrastructure constitutes services that families count on and they're services that we have to keep building," said Selinger. "We know the only way that can happen is by bringing municipalities, provinces and the federal government together to develop a plan and move forward on it together."
DOBROWOLSKI SAYS TOP PRIORITY
Association of Manitoba Municipalities president Doug Dobrowolski said the much-needed plan will be a top priority for municipalities.
"This is a top priority for our association and this commitment by both levels of government will go a long way in addressing infrastructure needs facing municipalities," Dobrowolski, who is also a councillor with the RM of Macdonald, said.
Selinger recent infrastructure projects have created thousands of jobs in Manitoba.
"When the economic downturn hit, we committed to building our public infrastructure and protecting thousands of jobs because that's what Manitoba families expected," he said. "A new long-term infrastructure plan will keep our economy growing and improve life for families across the province."