Infrastructure Canada solicits input on next phase of Investing in Canada Infrastructure Plan
As the Government of Canada moves forward with Phase 2 of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Plan, CPWA applauds Infrastructure Canada’s engagement of stakeholders, including CPWA, to provide input on the rollout of these new infrastructure investments.
On July 6th, the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, sent letters to his provincial and territorial counterparts, as well as to the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, to provide additional details about the Government of Canada’s long term infrastructure plan and to open negotiations to reach bilateral agreements with each province and territory. These bilateral agreements will provide investments in four funding streams:
$20.1 billion for public transit;
$9.2 billion for green infrastructure;
$1.3 billion for community, culture and recreation infrastructure; and
$2.4 billion for wide-ranging infrastructure needs in rural and northern communities. This includes the $400 million Arctic Energy Fund, which will be delivered under this stream to support energy security in the territories.
Minister Sohi noted in his letters that the approach to this next phase of the Government's plan will be different from what has been traditionally done in the past. The investments outlined will aim to achieve the following outcomes:
increase the rate of economic growth in an inclusive and sustainable way;
improve environmental quality, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase resiliency of communities;
improve mobility in Canadian communities;
make Canadian communities more inclusive and accessible;
manage infrastructure in a more sustainable way.
Minister Sohi’s letters to provinces and territories regarding the new infrastructure funding and additional details about the funding allocations for each province and territory can be found here.
Infrastructure Canada is welcoming feedback on how to best to achieve these outcomes and is looking to CPWA and its members to weigh in. CPWA will collect member input in order to engage further with Infrastructure Canada. Please forward any questions or comments you have to Anne Jackson at firstname.lastname@example.org.