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April 19, 2018

Canadian government update on the long-term infrastructure plan

OTTAWAApril 19, 2018 /CNW/ – Infrastructure investments play a key role in growing a strong and sustainable economy, making our communities more inclusive, and creating opportunities and jobs for the middle class.

Today, the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities was joined by Kelly Gillis, Deputy Minister of Infrastructure Canada, to provide an update on the Government’s progress in implementing the Investing inCanada long-term infrastructure plan. The progress made on the plan highlights the importance of partnership and collaboration – working with our provincial, territorial, municipal and Indigenous partners – to provide programs that are flexible and responsive to the needs of Canadians.

The presentation outlined how the Government of Canada is rolling out the Plan in two phases, making funding available to address needs identified through broad consultations, and delivering on its commitment to make unprecedented investments in infrastructure across the country. From the design of the Plan to its implementation, the Government is making sure that its programs are making a real and positive impact on Canadians and their communities from coast-to-coast-to-coast.

The Government’s long-term infrastructure plan was announced in Budget 2016 and further expanded on in Budget 2017 to support five priority areas: public transit, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, trade and transportation, and rural and northern communities. In total, it is making over $180 billion available to support local, provincial, and territorial infrastructure projects over 12 years. The plan is helping grow the economy and create jobs for the middle class, building inclusive communities where everyone has access to opportunities, and supporting a low-carbon green economy.

Quotes

“Our investments in infrastructure are making a difference in the lives of Canadians. In Winnipeg, investment in new buses means better service for residents on their daily commutes. In Gatineau, the creation of transitional housing units will provide safe housing for women facing homelessness and single mothers fleeing family violence. In Edmonton, the new social housing will help support our most vulnerable citizens, providing them the opportunity to have a stable home. And in Nunavut, upgrades to water infrastructure in Chesterfield InletArviat, and Sanikiluaq means cleaner water for residents.”

 The Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

Quick facts
All 34 Budget 2016 programs launched

11 of 24 Budget 2017 programs launched
Over 28,000 projects approved so far 
$11.8 billion in federal funding allocated, accounting for over 80% of Budget 2016 funding 
Over 70% of approved projects underway or completed

Related product(s)

Backgrounder 1

The Investing in Canada plan: Overall Progress Summary

Budget 2016 Programs

  • $14.4 billion available to support projects prioritized by our funding partners
  • All 34 programs launched
  • Over 28,000 projects approved, worth $11.8 billion in federal funding alone (accounting for over 80% of available program funding)
  • Over 70% of approved projects underway or completed

Budget 2017 Programs

  • $81.2 billion in additional funding
  • 24 new programs, 11 of which have been launched
  • $33 billion will be delivered through Infrastructure Canada bilateral agreements with provinces and territories
    • Seven agreements signed so far
  • Agreements signed with most provinces and territories to deliver the new Early Learning and Child Care initiative
  • Negotiations with provinces and territories underway for the delivery of the National Housing Strategy
  • Smart Cities Challenge launched, with finalists for the first competition being announced in the coming weeks
  • Canada Infrastructure Bank launched to provide partners with new funding options

Ongoing Programs

  • $92.2 billion available through 22 ongoing programs supporting thousands of local infrastructure projects every year
    • Federal Gas Tax Fund alone supports about 4,000 projects across 3,600 communities every year

Overview of the Investing in Canada Plan

The Investing in Canada plan, the federal government’s long-term infrastructure plan, was announced in Budget 2016 and expanded on in Budget 2017. In total, it makes over $180 billion available to support local, provincial, and territorial infrastructure projects over 12 years.

The Plan provides a single, consolidated strategic framework to guide the delivery of all federal infrastructure funding programs. It introduced a new way of designing and delivering federal infrastructure programs, and is focused on achieving three key objectives:

  • Grow the economy and create jobs for the middle class,
  • Build inclusive communities where everyone has access to opportunities, and
  • Support a low-carbon, green economy.

The new funding provided through Budgets 2016 and 2017 is delivered by 14 federal departments and agencies. The 58 funding programs are organized across five main funding streams, with $7.5 billion designated to support infrastructure projects in Indigenous communities.

  1. $28.7 billion of this funding will support public transit projects, including $5 billion that will be available for investment through the Canada Infrastructure Bank.
  2. $26.9 billion of this funding will support green infrastructure projects, including $5 billion that will be available for investment through the Canada Infrastructure Bank.
  3. $25.3 billion of this funding will support social infrastructure in Canadian communities.
  4. $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.
  5. $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, $400 million will be delivered through the Arctic Energy Fund to advance energy security in the territories.

Funding also included an additional $2 billion for the Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund and $500 million for the Connect to Innovate Program delivered by Innovation, Science and Economic Development.

In addition to the new funding programs, over $92.2 billion remains available to support thousands of additional local projects each year through 22 ongoing programs. For example, through the federal Gas Tax Fund, about 4,000 projects are supported annually in 3,600 communities across Canada.  

Under the first phase of the plan, which was announced in Budget 2016, investments totalling $14.4 billion focussed on the repair and modernization of key infrastructure across Canada. The funding targeted vital public transit services, water and wastewater systems, and social infrastructure such as affordable housing.

Budget 2017 provided an additional $81.2 billion in new funding programs across five priority areas: public transit, green, social, trade and transportation and rural and northern communities’ infrastructure. The funding is focused on supporting longer-term, transformative infrastructure projects.

The Plan also called for the creation of a new Canada Infrastructure Bank, which is now established, attracting private and institutional capital and pursuing potential investment opportunities. As well, it sought innovative ideas and approaches to tackling community problems through a Smart Cities Challenge. The finalists from the first competition will be announced in the coming weeks.

The Investing in Canada plan: Overall progress summary: https://www.canada.ca/en/office-infrastructure/news/2018/04/backgrounder-the-investing-in-canada-plan-overall-progress-summary.html

Backgrounder 2

The Investing in Canada plan: Budget 2016 programs and progress

The Investing in Canada plan, the federal government’s long-term infrastructure plan, was initially announced in Budget 2016, making $14.4 billion in new funding available to support infrastructure needs identified by communities. The new programs focussed on the repair and modernization of key public transit services, water and wastewater systems, and social infrastructure such as affordable housing across Canada.

All 34 of the new infrastructure funding programs introduced in Budget 2016 have been launched. Over 28,000 projects have been approved under these programs, worth an estimated $11.8 billion in federal funding commitments, collectively accounting for over 82 percent of Budget 2016 program funding. Over 70 percent of those projects are reported to be underway. Infrastructure Canada will also publish annual reports on the progress and results of the plan.

In addition to the new funding programs, $92.2 billion remains available to support thousands of additional local projects each year through 22 ongoing programs. For example, through the federal Gas Tax Fund, about 4,000 projects are supported annually in Canada’s 3,600 communities.

Budget 2016 programs and implementation progress

Program

Funding from Budget 2016

(millions of $)

Number of projects
approved

Federal funding for projects approved

(millions of $)

Number of projects
started

Canada Mortgage and Housing Canada

Doubling Investment in Affordable Housing (Budget 2016 title: Investment in Affordable Housing)

504.4

4,457

356.5

254

Increasing Affordable Housing for Seniors

200.7

1,257

119.9

828

Supporting Shelters for Victims of Family Violence

89.9

3,147

64.3

3,103

Housing for First Nations on Reserve – Renovation & Retrofit (Budget 2016 title: Renovation and Retrofit on Reserve)

127.7

3,076

119.3

3,076

Supporting Energy and Water Efficiency Retrofits and Renovations to Existing Social Housing (Budget 2016 title: Renovation and Retrofit of Social Housing) (1)

574.0

2,577

575.2

2,140

Housing in the North (Budget 2016 title: Northern Housing)

97.7

63

46.0

30

Shelter Enhancement Program On Reserve (Budget 2016 title: Shelters for First Nations Victims of Family Violence)

10.4

5

10.4

2

Aboriginal Capacity Development (Budget 2016 title: Aboriginal Capacity and Skills Development)

10.0

464

8.5

464

Canadian Heritage

Canada Cultural Spaces Fund

168.2

260

164.6

259

Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs

Inuit Housing

80.0

193

80.0

144

Employment and Social Development Canada

Early Learning and Child Care

400.0

12

312.2

12

Homelessness Partnering Strategy

111.77

476

105.0

476

First Nations and Inuit Child Care Initiative

62.8

545

59.5

545

Enabling Accessibility Fund (2)

4.0

168

4.0

168

Indigenous Services Canada (3)

Health Facilities Program (4)

270.0

44

151.8

44

Aboriginal Head Start on Reserve

51.2

98

29.0

98

First Nations Waste Management Initiative

408.9

462

94.9

462

Clean Water & Wastewater

1,833.0

420

1,928.9

221

Housing for First Nations on Reserve

416.6

5553

476.8

3,318

Culture and Recreation Centres (Budget 2016 title: First Nations Infrastructure Fund – Cultural and Recreational Centres)

76.9

211

132.3

83

Infrastructure Canada

Public Transit Infrastructure Fund

3,400.0

1,105

2,257.1

1,069

Clean Water and Wastewater Fund

2,000.0

2,349

1,904.7

2,291

Capacity Building for Climate Change Challenges Fund (Budget 2016 title: Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program)

75.0

57

7.7

 N/A

Asset Management Fund (Budget 2016 title: Municipal Asset Management Program) (5)

50.0

177

7.1

 N/A

NBCF-PTIC-NRP: Lake Manitoba/Lake St. Martin Outlet Channels & North Shore Wastewater Treatment Plant)

459.8

1

212.3

N/A

Codes, Guides and Specifications for Climate-Resilient Public Infrastructure (6)

40.0

1

42.5

1

Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

Connect to Innovate

500.0

138

305.0

1

Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund

2,000.0

300

1,968.7

299

Natural Resources Canada 

Electric Vehicle and Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Deployment and Technology Demonstration

62.5

40

40.4

40

Regional Electricity Cooperation and Strategic Infrastructure

2.5

2

0.9

2

Natural Resources Canada (with Environment and Climate Change Canada)

Green Municipal Fund (7)

125.0

N/A

12.0

N/A

Parks Canada

National Cost-Sharing Program for Heritage Places

20.0

107

18.8

102

Public Health Agency of Canada

Indigenous Early Learning and Child Care (IELCC) Capital and Quality Improvement Funding (Budget 2016 title: Aboriginal Head Start in Urban and Northern Communities)

15.4

81

15.0

77

Regional Development Agencies

Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program

150.0

581

93.7

551

Totals (7)

 $ 14,398.47M

28,415

 $ 11,838.3M

20,196

(1) This includes additional $14M in funding from programming beyond the IICP.

(2) Budget 2016 announced $270 M in funding over five years starting in 2016-17, however this table does not reflect planned spending beyond 2017-18.

(3) This includes program funding from a variety of departmental programming including the Investing in Canada plan.

(4) Budget 2016 announced $270M in funding over five years starting in 2016-17, however this table does not reflect planned spending beyond 2017-18.

(5) Program delivered by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.

(6) An additional $2.5M of funds was made available for this agreement from other Budget 2017 program funding.

(7) All projects under the Green Municipal Fund are selected, approved and delivered by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities on behalf of Environment and Climate Change Canada and Natural Resources Canada.

(8) Value of projects approved may exceed program funding where department has provided additional funding from other sources.

Distribution of funding by federal department

Department

Funding from Budget 2016

(millions of $)

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

1,614.8

Canadian Heritage

318.2

Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs

80.0

Employment and Social Development Canada

578.57

Environment and Climate Change Canada

62.5

Indigenous Services Canada

3,056.7

Infrastructure Canada (1)

6,024.8

Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

2,500.0

Natural Resources Canada

127.5

Parks Canada

20.0

Public Health Agency of Canada

15.4

Regional Development Agencies

150.0

TOTAL

$ 14,398.47M

(1) Funding also includes transfers to the Federation of Canadian Municipalities for two initiatives, a transfer to
National Research Council, and two New Building Canada Fund projects for Adaptation and Climate Resistant
Infrastructure. 

Distribution of funding by funding stream

Public Transit

(millions of $)

Green Infrastructure

(millions of $)

Social infrastructure

(millions of $)

Connect to Innovate

(millions of $)

Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment
Fund

(millions of $)

TOTAL

(millions of $)

3,400

5,000

3,400

500

2,000

14,400

The Investing in Canada plan: Budget 2016 programs and progress: https://www.canada.ca/en/office-infrastructure/news/2018/04/backgrounder-the-investing-in-canada-plan-budget-2016-programs-and-progress.html

Backgrounder 3

The Investing in Canada plan: Budget 2017 programs and progress

The Investing in Canada plan, the federal long-term infrastructure plan, makes over $180 billion available to support local and provincial or territorial infrastructure projects over 12 years.

Budget 2017 built on the initial investments announced in Budget 2016 by introducing an additional $81.2 billion in new funding programs across five priority areas: public transit, green, social, trade and transportation and rural and northern communities’ infrastructure. The funding under these programs is focused on supporting longer-term, transformative projects.

To date, Infrastructure Canada has signed seven new bilateral agreements with provinces and territories. Once all signed, these agreements will make $33 billion in federal infrastructure funding available to fund local and regional infrastructure projects across Canada. Employment and Social Development Canada has signed agreements with most provinces and territories for the Early Learning and Child Care initiative (ELCC). Provinces and territories are currently also signing bilateral agreements with Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) under the National Housing Strategy. Other programs are delivered through additional means, including through partners such as the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.

Of the 24 programs introduced in Budget 2017, provinces, territories and communities can already access funding to support their priority projects through 11 of these programs (noted below through an asterisk*).

Departments and Programs

Funding from Budget 2017

(millions of $)

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

FPT Housing Partnership Framework

7,700.0

National Housing Co-Investment Fund

5,100.0

Other National Housing Strategy Initiatives

1,100.0

Canadian Heritage

Canada Cultural Spaces Fund*

300.0

Community Educational Infrastructure

80.0

Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs

Indigenous Community-Based Climate Monitoring Program

72.7

Climate Change Preparedness in the North Program – Implementation of Adaptation Actions in the North

55.9

First Nation Adapt Program – Flood Plain Mapping

27.0

Employment and Social Development Canada

Early Learning and Child Care*

7,000.0

Homelessness Partnering Strategy

2,130.0

Enabling Accessibility Fund

77.0

Women in Construction Fund

10.0

Environment and Climate Change Canada

Canadian Centre for Climate Services

107.9

Finance Canada

Reserved Green Funding

2,000.0

Health Canada

Home Care Infrastructure

1,000.0

Indigenous Services Canada

Improving Indigenous Communities

4,000.0

Capital Facilities and Maintenance Program

15.0

Infrastructure Canada

Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program*

33,000.0

Canada Infrastructure Bank*

15,000.0

Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund

2,000.0

Smart Cities Challenge*

300.0

Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

Innovation Superclusters Initiative*

150.0

Natural Resources Canada

Clean Energy for Rural and Remote Communities* 

220.0

Emerging Renewable Power*

200.0

Energy Efficient Buildings

182.0

Electric Vehicles and Alternative Fuels Infrastructure*

120.0

Smart Grids*

100.0

Building Regional Adaptation Capacity and Expertise

16.0

National-Scale Knowledge Synthesis and Dissemination

2.0

Transport Canada

National Trade Corridors Fund*

2,000.0

Connecting Communities by Rail and Water

1,925.0

Oceans Protection Plan

1,325.0

Modernizing Transportation

76.7

Trade and Transportation Information System

50.0

Climate Risk Assessments

16.4

Heavy-Duty Vehicle and Off-Road Regulations

16.0

Less : Funds in the fiscal framework and other revenues

($6,412)

Total

$81,200M

The Investing in Canada plan: Budget 2017 programs and progress:  https://www.canada.ca/en/office-infrastructure/news/2018/04/backgrounder-the-investing-in-canada-plan-budget-2017-programs-and-progress.html

Backgrounder 4

The Investing in Canada plan: Ongoing programs

The Investing in Canada plan, the federal government’s long-term infrastructure plan is providing over $180 billion in infrastructure funding available over 12 years.

The funding is comprised of three main envelopes:

  • $14.4 billion in programs to address immediate needs identified by communities.
  • $81.2 billion in longer-term funding programs introduced as part of Budget 2017. The programs collectively provide communities and provincial or territorial governments with a wide range of funding options to meet their unique and diverse infrastructure project needs.
  • $92.2 billion in ongoing programs.

The table below provides information on the $92.2 billion that remains available to support local, regional and national infrastructure priorities through ongoing programs. The 22 programs support thousands of local projects each year. For example, through the federal Gas Tax Fund, about 4,000 projects are supported annually across Canada’s 3,600 communities.

Departments and Programs

Funding through Ongoing Programs

(millions of $)

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

Existing Housing Programs

17,262

Canadian Heritage

Canada Cultural Spaces Fund

360

Employment and Social Development Canada

Homelessness Partnering Strategy

357

Employment and Social Development Canada, Public Health Agency of Canada,
Indigenous Services Canada (3)

Indigenous Early Learning and Childcare

1,591

Indigenous Services Canada (3)

Support for On-Reserve Housing

1,940

Support for Education Facilities

2,984

Social Community Infrastructure

6,430

Water and Wastewater Infrastructure

2,430

First Nations Infrastructure Fund

128

On-Reserve Health Infrastructure

654

Infrastructure Canada

Community Improvement Fund (1)

41,344

New Building Canada Fund

11,853

Building Canada Fund

2,335

P3 Canada Fund

1,213

Green Infrastructure Fund

428

Other Infrastructure Canada Programs (2)

366

Regional Development Agencies

Canada 150 Program

146

Transport Canada

Gateways and Corridors Programs

341

Total

$92.2M

(1) Includes the Gas Tax Fund and the incremental GST rebate for municipalities. 

(2) Includes the Canada Strategic Infrastructure Fund, Border Infrastructure Fund, PT Base Funding,
and the Inuvik to Tuktoyaktuk Project.

(3) As of November 30, 2017, programs previously delivered by Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada
and Health Canada were transferred to the newly-created Department of Indigenous Services Canada.

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