How we work
Infrastructure Canada reports to Parliament and Canadians through the Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities.
The department is made up of four branches:
The Policy and Communications Branch:
- identifies and assesses broad infrastructure issues, priorities and needs for potential federal action;
- reviews and assesses strategic infrastructure investments;
- conducts research, independently and with partners, which contributes to federal policy development;
- shares knowledge to create a wider understanding of infrastructure issues affecting cities and communities in Canada and abroad;
- communicates the department's mandate and coordinates federal communications on infrastructure;
- provides Access to Information and Privacy and correspondence services; and
- assists the Associate Deputy Minister and the Deputy Minister in providing policy advice to the Minister.
The Program Operations Branch:
- implements programs and manages infrastructure funding agreements;
- provides risk management and analysis, environmental assessment, and program evaluations; and
- manages the federal Gas Tax transfer to Canadian municipalities which supports environmentally sustainable infrastructure.
The Corporate Services Branch:
provides support and services for corporate functions such as procurement, human resources, finance, security, planning and administration, internal audit and evaluation; and
- provides information management and technology, including the department's major program management system, the Shared Information Management System for Infrastructure or SIMSI.
The Audit and Evaluation Branch:
- conducts independent, objective, risk-based audits to provide assurance on the governance, risk management, and control processes of the department;
- assesses the relevance, value and impact of programs and initiatives through evaluation projects; and
- ensures that the department has timely, strategically-focused, and evidence-based audit and evaluation to support decision-making and priority setting.