Infrastructure Canada is the lead federal department responsible for infrastructure policy development and program delivery.
To develop and deliver programs effectively, the department relies on key partnerships with provinces, territories, municipalities, private sector companies and non-profit organizations, along with other federal departments and agencies.
The development of the Building Canada plan was the result of engagement and discussions with provinces, territories and municipalities, in order to make federal funding for provincial, territorial and municipal public infrastructure more predictable and responsive to the needs of Canadians. The end result was a seven-year $33 billion infrastructure plan to support provincial, territorial and municipal infrastructure.
When the Government of Canada announced in Budget 2009 that it would be delivering short-term stimulus programs as part of its Economic Action Plan, Infrastructure Canada realized that the key to success would again be a strong working relationship with partners.
The results of the Economic Action Plan show the high degree of cooperation by all orders of government across Canada, as efforts were successfully made to cut red tape and simplify the project approval process. Municipalities worked quickly to identify construction-ready projects that could be completed in 2010 and 2011 to get funds flowing. At the same time, provinces and territories agreed to work with the Government of Canada to fast-track project approvals for billions of dollars in existing Building Canada Plan funding.
In Budget 2011, the Government of Canada committed to working with partners and stakeholders to develop a long-term plan for public infrastructure that would continue after the Building Canada Plan winds down in 2014.
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