Ministers meet to discuss next phase of the long-term infrastructure plan
September 26, 2017 by Infrastructure Canada
On September 21st, Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, convened the second federal, provincial and territorial meeting of ministers responsible for infrastructure. Minister Sohi and Minister Bob Chiarelli, Ontario’s Minister of Infrastructure, co-hosted the meeting.
The ministers began the conversation by sharing some of the initial results from Phase 1 of the Government of Canada’s Investing in Canada plan. Budget 2016 announced accelerated federal investments to provide short-term funding for the rehabilitation, repair and modernization of existing infrastructure with three targeted streams of funding: public transit infrastructure, green infrastructure and social infrastructure. By August 2017, Infrastructure Canada had approved over 3,100 projects under two funds: the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund and the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund.
“The Government of Canada is committed to supporting public infrastructure that contributes to the quality of life of all Canadians now and for future generations. The first phase of the Investing in Canada plan is already at work in our communities—supporting vital repairs to our aging pipes and roads, helping communities improve social housing, and allowing transit organizations to replace or repair their fleet. We have been collaborating with provinces, territories, municipalities and other partners to design a long-term plan that offers them predictable and significant funding because we recognize that each region and every community is faced with unique infrastructure opportunities, challenges, and capacities,” said Sohi.
The meeting focused on sharing lessons learned from Phase 1 and discussions on how to move forward towards signing new bilateral agreements to help support economic, social and environmental outcomes important for our communities, and for Canadians.
The ministers shared their views on future infrastructure investment approaches to better maximize outcomes in their jurisdictions. Ministers also agreed on the importance of flexibility to ensure federal infrastructure funding supports regional/local economic and social priorities. As part of the meeting, representatives of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities provided the municipal perspective on long term infrastructure funding.
“Ontario’s strategic infrastructure investment of $190 billion over 13 years is helping improve the lives of people across Ontario, including creating over 125,000 jobs. We look forward to continued cooperation from the federal government as we work together to build up communities that respond to the needs of those who live in them. It is important to the provinces and territories that our federal partners remain flexible in their funding and support the commitments we’ve made in our existing infrastructure plans. We look forward to further conversations as we create agreements that will benefit all parties and, ultimately, build stronger provinces and territories across Canada,” said Chiarelli.
The ministers had productive discussions and Minister Sohi expressed confidence that the new agreements will be finalized in the coming months.
- The Government of Canada will invest more than $180 billion over 12 years in public transit projects, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, trade and transportation routes, and Canada’s rural and northern communities.
o $25.3 billion of this funding will support public transit projects, including $5 billion that will be available for investment through the Canada Infrastructure Bank.
o $21.9 billion of this funding will support green infrastructure projects, including $5 billion that will be available for investment through the Canada Infrastructure Bank.
o $21.9 billion of this funding will support social infrastructure in Canadian communities.
o More than $10.1 billion of this funding will support trade and transportation projects, including $5 billion that will be available for investment through the Canada Infrastructure Bank.
o $2 billion of this funding will support infrastructure projects that meet the unique needs of rural and northern communities like facilities to support food security, local access roads and enhanced broadband connectivity. In addition, the $400 million Arctic Energy Fund will be delivered under this stream, to advance energy security in the territories.
o $4 billion of this funding will support infrastructure projects in Indigenous communities.
SOURCE Infrastructure Canada