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Investing in Canadian infrastructure: Delivering results for all Canadians today and into the future

Press Release

Over 28,000 projects approved to date benefitting Canadians in communities from coast-to-coast-to-coast

Ottawa, Ontario, April 19, 2018—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 in Canada 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 Inlet, Arviat, 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

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Contacts

Brook Simpson
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
613-219-0149
[email protected]

Infrastructure Canada
613-960-9251
Toll free: 1-877-250-7154
Email: [email protected]

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