Info Source 2013 (in English)

Sources of Federal Government and Employee Information
2013
Infrastructure Canada

Table of Contents

General Information

Introduction to Info Source

Info Source: Sources of Federal Government and Employee Information provides information about the functions, programs, activities and related information holdings of government institutions subject to the Access to Information Act, and the Privacy Act. It provides individuals and employees of the government (current and former) with relevant information to access personal information about themselves held by government institutions subject to the Privacy Act and to exercise their rights under the Privacy Act.

The Introduction to Info Source: Sources of Federal Government and Employee Information and an index of institutions subject to the Access to Information Act and the Privacy Act are available centrally.

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Background

The Office of Infrastructure of Canada (Infrastructure Canada) was created in 2000 as a separate organization under Schedule 1.1 of the Financial Administration Act. The applied name for this organization is Infrastructure Canada. There is no Department of Infrastructure enabling legislation.

Infrastructure Canada was established to lead the Government of Canada's effort to address infrastructure challenges. Order in Council 2004-325 authorizes the Minister to enter into transfer payment agreements and contracts related to infrastructure initiatives in Canada. One of the funding programs managed by the Department is the Canada Strategic Infrastructure Fund, which operates under the authority of its own act, the Canada Strategic Infrastructure Fund Act, resulting from the Budget Implementation Act, 2001.

The Department reports to Parliament through the Minister of Infrastructure, Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec.

Infrastructure Canada's Program Alignment Architecture structure has two Strategic Outcomes comprised of eight active Programs, as well as Internal Services, as detailed in Figure 1. Section II of this report provides additional detail on each program, including Internal Services, which supports all the programs.

Strategic Outcome 1 provides federal transfers to provincial, territorial and municipal governments for their infrastructure priorities in order to help maintain a high level of quality core public infrastructure across the country. Strategic Outcome 2 provides targeted project-specific investments to address federal/provincial/territorial priorities in large and small communities as well as large strategic investments of national and regional benefit. With the exception of the Gas Tax Fund, all of our programs are cost-shared with our partners, primarily other levels of government. All of our programs result in the construction and enhancement of public infrastructure, while contributing to broad federal government objectives of a competitive economy, a cleaner environment and liveable communities. These program design features are reflected in our performance measurement approach.

Figure 1: Program Alignment Architecture

Figure 1: Program Alignment Architecture

* There is no planned spending for this Program beyond 2012-13. As such, it is not detailed in Section II of this report.

Responsibilities

Infrastructure Canada is responsible for federal efforts to enhance Canada's public infrastructure through investments, partnerships, sound policies. The department exists to ensure that Canadians benefit from world-class public infrastructure.

Infrastructure Canada delivers a broad range of infrastructure programs which provide a flexible and effective means of support to provincial, territorial, and municipal infrastructure projects as well as private-sector projects that have public benefits.

Infrastructure Canada's funding programs address local and regional infrastructure needs, while advancing national priorities. This, in turn, makes Canada's economy stronger, keeps people and goods on the move, and helps to make our water and air cleaner. The Department delivers funding through various mechanisms: (N.B.: Original allocations for Transfer Payment Programs; these do not reflect transfers out.)

Figure demonstrating the four funding themes for Infrastructure Canada Programs

Infrastructure Canada's Program Alignment Architecture has two Strategic Outcomes and eight active Programs, as well as Internal Services in support of its mandate. The information presented in this section is organized according to Infrastructure Canada's Program Alignment Architecture structure:

  1. Provinces, territories and municipalities have federal financial support for their infrastructure priorities.

    Programs:
    • Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Base Fund
    • Gas Tax Fund
  2. Funding for quality, cost-effective public infrastructure that meets the needs of Canadians in a competitive economy, a cleaner environment and liveable communities is provided.

    Programs:
    • Building Canada Fund-Communities Component
    • Building Canada Fund-Major Infrastructure Component
    • Green Infrastructure Fund
    • Canada Strategic Infrastructure Fund
    • Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund
    • Border Infrastructure Fund

Institutional Functions, Programs and Activities

BORDER INFRASTRUCTURE FUND

This program activity provides funding for investments in physical infrastructure, intelligent transportation system infrastructure and improved analytical capacity at the largest surface border crossings between Canada and the United States, as well as several other crossing points in Canada. Established in 2002, the fund provides up to 50 per cent federal funding to support eligible projects at Canada's border crossings. Transport Canada is the federal partner for the delivery of this for this program.

Border Infrastructure Fund

Description: Records related to the design and implementation of the Border Infrastructure Fund. Includes records related to proposals, evaluations and plans for projects such as improvements to core National Highway System routes impacted by international trade volumes, inter-modal connectors and facilities, international bridges and tunnels, rail/road grade separations, and intelligent transportation systems. May include records related to briefings and consultations with various private groups, municipal and provincial governments, advisory groups and other concerned organizations. The complete list of over a dozen approved projects is provided on the Infrastructure Canada website. Records related to the implementation of the Border Infrastructure Fund may also be found with Transport Canada.

Document Types: Correspondence, briefing notes, presentations, Cabinet documents, Treasury Board submissions, records of decision, meeting agendas and minutes, memoranda, plans, procedures and guidelines, delegation of authority, contribution agreements, application forms, environmental assessments and reports, monitoring reports, financial management reports, financial claims and payments, payment requisitions, legal advice, questions and answers, media analysis and media lines, and news releases.

Record Number: INF BIF 001

BUILDING CANADA FUND – COMMUNITIES COMPONENT

This program activity addresses the unique infrastructure pressures facing smaller communities with populations of less than 100,000. Projects are cost-shared with provincial, territorial and municipal government, with each order of government generally contributing one-third of the eligible costs. The fund supports the construction, renewal and enhancement of basic infrastructure such as potable water, wastewater treatment, local roads and other infrastructure needs of small communities. Regional Development Agencies are federal partners for delivery of this program.

Building Canada Fund – Communities Component

Description: Records related to the design and implementation of the Building Canada Fund – Communities Component. Includes records related to proposals for projects that result in short-sea shipping, shortline railways, local and regional airports, connectivity and broadband, tourism, wastewater infrastructure, public transit, green energy, solid waste management, drinking water, disaster mitigation, Brownfield redevelopment, roads and bridges, sports infrastructure for community use, amateur training, events and culture. Records include umbrella agreements between Canada and the provinces for funding municipalities' projects, applications for funding with project descriptions, business case, project costing, ongoing operation and maintenance, engineering, technology, project management and governance. Records also include project review, advice and selection, eligible and ineligible costs, disposal of assets, environmental management, audit and evaluation, performance management, risk management, financial claims and payments, and communications management. Also includes records related to the federal-provincial oversight committee that administers the funding. Records related to the implementation of the Building Canada Fund – Communities Component may also be found with federal delivery partners: Industry Canada, Western Economic Diversification, Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions, and the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency.

Document Types: Correspondence, briefing notes, presentations, Cabinet documents, Treasury Board submissions, records of decision, meeting agendas and minutes, memoranda, plans, procedures and guidelines, delegation of authority, contribution agreements, application forms, environmental assessments and reports, monitoring reports, invoices, statements, receipts and vouchers, financial management reports, financial claims and payments, payment requisitions, legal advice, questions and answers, media analysis and media lines, and news releases.

Record Number: INF BCC 001

BUILDING CANADA FUND – COMMUNITIES COMPONENT TOP-UP

This program activity provided additional funding in the amount of $500 million (added to the Building Canada Fund-Communities Component program activity funding) to fund additional infrastructure projects in communities with populations of less than 100,000. The additional top-up funds were initiated given the economic recession and followed Budget 2009 (Economic Action Plan) and the government's decision to accelerate infrastructure funding and provide short-term economic stimulus. As part of the Economic Action Plan, the top-up to the Building Canada Fund – Communities Component provided an additional $500 million to be spent in the 2009-10 to 2010-11 fiscal years, in jurisdictions that have fully committed all of their regular Communities Component of the Building Canada Fund. The funds are to be allocated to projects that can be materially completed by March 31, 2011. Projects are selected through the same process as the Building Canada Fund-Communities Component program activity. Regional Development Agencies were federal partners for delivery of the Community Component Top-Up.

Building Canada Fund – Communities Component Top-Up

Description: Records related to the design and implementation of the Building Canada Fund – Communities Component Top-Up. Includes records related to proposals for projects that result in core national highway systems, short-sea shipping, shortline railways, local and regional airports, connectivity and broadband, tourism, wastewater infrastructure, public transit, green energy, solid waste management, drinking water, disaster mitigation, Brownfield redevelopment, roads and bridges, sports infrastructure for community use, amateur training, events and culture. Records related to umbrella agreements between Canada and the provinces for funding municipalities' projects, applications for funding with project descriptions, business case, project costing, ongoing operation and maintenance, engineering, technology, project management and governance; project review; advice and selection; eligible and ineligible costs; disposal of assets; environmental management; audit and evaluation; performance management; risk management; financial claims and payments; and communications management. Also includes records related to the federal-provincial oversight committees that administer the funding, including presentations and minutes.

Document Types: Correspondence, briefing notes, presentations, Cabinet documents, Treasury Board submissions, records of decision, meeting agendas and minutes, memoranda, plans, procedures and guidelines, delegation of authority, contribution agreements, application forms, environmental assessments and reports, monitoring reports, invoices, statements, receipts and vouchers, financial management reports, payment requisitions, legal advice, questions and answers, media analysis and media lines, and news releases.

Record Number: INF BCC 002

BUILDING CANADA FUND – MAJOR INFRASTRUCTURE COMPONENT

This program activity targets larger infrastructure projects of national or regional significance. It increases overall investment in public infrastructure and contributes to broad federal objectives of: economic growth, a cleaner environment and strong and prosperous communities. At least two-thirds of the funding is targeted to national priorities: water, wastewater, public transit, the core national highway system and green energy. The Major Infrastructure Component has 13 additional eligible categories of investment, and priority projects are identified through discussions with provinces. By providing federal funding on a cost-shared basis, it leverages additional contributions from other partners to increase overall investment in infrastructure. Eligible recipients include provinces, local or regional governments and private sector bodies, including non-profit organizations. Projects must be supported by a business case and undergo a federal review and approval against key program criteria. Transport Canada is the federal partner for delivery of transport priorities under this program.

Building Canada Fund – Major Infrastructure Component

Description: Records related to federal-provincial/territorial negotiation on major projects with national and regional strategic importance in the categories of core national highway system routes, drinking water, wastewater, public transit and green energy, solid waste management, short-line rail and short-sea shipping, broadband, tourism and regional and local airports, disaster mitigation, culture, sports infrastructure for community use, amateur training, and events, local roads and bridges, and Brownfield Redevelopment. Includes records related to proposals, evaluations and plans for more than 170 projects. Records include project overviews that include an assessment basic eligibility, financial and legal requirements, benefits, risk mitigation and minimum federal requirements, as well as advice relating to the possible funding of proposed projects under the Fund. Records also include environmental assessments; negotiation of contribution agreements with eligible recipients; signed contribution agreements and contribution agreement management records. Records related to the implementation of transportation projects may also be found with Transport Canada.

Document Types: Correspondence, briefing notes, presentations, Cabinet documents, Treasury Board submissions, records of decision, meeting agendas and minutes, memoranda, plans, procedures and guidelines, delegation of authority, contribution agreements, funding proposals, project reviews, environmental assessments and reports, monitoring reports, financial management reports, payment requisitions, financial claims and payments, legal advice, questions and answers, media analysis and media lines, and news releases.

Record Number: INF BCM 001

CANADA STRATEGIC INFRASTRUCTURE FUND

This program activity supports projects that sustain economic growth and enhance the quality of life of Canadians. Investments are made in cooperation with the provinces, territories, municipalities, and the private sector, and contribute to the construction, renewal and/or enhancement of public infrastructure. The Canada Strategic Infrastructure Fund leverages additional contributions from other partners by providing up to 50 per cent funding for eligible projects. Transport Canada is a federal partner for delivery of this program. Regional Development Agencies were federal partners for delivery of the program up until 2012-2013.

Canada Strategic Infrastructure Fund

Description: Records related to federal-provincial/territorial negotiation on major projects with national and regional strategic importance in the categories of highways and railways, local transportation (including public transit), tourism or urban development, water or sewage, and broadband. Includes records related to proposals, evaluations and plans for about 100 projects. The complete list of approved projects is available on the Infrastructure Canada website. Records include reviews of business cases; advice relating to the possible funding of proposed projects under the fund; environmental assessments; contribution agreements; and contribution agreement management records. Records related to the implementation of this fund may also be found with federal delivery partners: Transport Canada, Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, Industry Canada, Western Economic Diversification, Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions, and the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency.

Document Types: Correspondence, briefing notes, presentations, Cabinet documents, Treasury Board submissions, records of decision, meeting agendas and minutes, memoranda, plans, procedures and guidelines, delegation of authority, contribution agreements, funding proposals, project reviews, environmental assessments and reports, monitoring reports, financial management reports, financial claims and payments, payment requisitions, legal advice, questions and answers, media analysis and media lines, and news releases.

Record Number: INF CSI 001

ECONOMIC ANALYSIS AND RESEARCH

There is no planned spending for this Program beyond 2012-13. This program activity helped to ensure that Canada's infrastructure investment priorities and activities included the building, connecting and sharing of applied knowledge and research on infrastructure issues, projects and programs. It targeted key gaps in infrastructure knowledge and information, promoted the development of an enhanced evidence base for sound decision making at all levels of government, and contributed to improved measurement of the impacts of infrastructure policy and investment decisions. This program activity supported strategic research capacity and knowledge generation and applications at the national level, as well as cooperation with other levels of government in addressing their unique research and capacity-building needs. It levered research resources and expertise across various levels of government and stakeholder groups to address the infrastructure challenges and proposed solutions for Canada's economy, environment and community.

Economic Analysis and Research

Description: Records related to the provision of research and analysis on national infrastructure issues, projects, programs and priorities. Includes records related to funding for Canadian researchers to generate knowledge to support public policy and decision making.

Document Types: Correspondence, Memoranda of Understanding, analysis and research reports, briefing notes, memoranda, contracts, studies, technical reports, statistics, Cabinet documents, Treasury Board submissions, meeting agendas and minutes, policies and guidelines, agreements, delegation of authority, contribution agreements, funding proposals, reports, research strategies, financial management reports, payment requisitions, legal advice, presentations, newsletters, questions and answers, publications, question period notes, media analysis and media lines, and news releases.

Record Number: INF EAR 001

GAS TAX FUND

This program activity provides municipalities with predictable long-term funding, enabling local decision-making in the building and rehabilitation of core public infrastructure. The federal government entered into Gas Tax Fund Agreements with provinces, territories, the Association of Municipalities of Ontario, the Union of British Columbia Municipalities and the City of Toronto. These agreements establish an accountability framework allowing the Government of Canada to flow Gas Tax Fund money twice a year to signatories which in turn, flow funds to municipalities based on an agreed-upon allocation formula. For their part, municipalities decide which projects to prioritize within established investment categories. Projects focus on environmental objectives for economic growth, a cleaner environment and strong and prosperous communities, and increased long-term planning capacities. Municipalities can pool, bank and borrow against this funding, providing significant additional financial flexibility. Eligible recipients are required to report annually on their use of funds and their compliance to terms and conditions of the Gas Tax Fund Agreements.

Gas Tax Fund

Description: Records related to the design and implementation of the Gas Tax Fund and its transfer of funding for use by municipalities to support environmentally sustainable municipal infrastructure such as public transit; drinking water; wastewater infrastructure; green energy; solid waste management; and local roads and bridges, highways, local and regional airports, short-line rail, short-sea shipping, disaster mitigation, broadband and connectivity, brownfield redevelopment, culture, tourism, sports infrastructure for community use, amateur training, events, and recreation infrastructure. As this fund is not application based and details of individual projects are not submitted to the department records include those related to the transfer of funding to provinces, territories or other co-signatories to the GTF agreements; management committee meetings; annual expenditure reports containing a list of all eligible projects that have been approved for funding, the location, investment category, amount and identity of all sources of funding, nature of the investment and expected outcomes; and reporting on outcomes of funding, by province or territory. Records may also include Capital Investment Plans from municipalities; Integrated Community Sustainability Plans either by a municipality or at a regional level; federal-provincial guides for municipalities on capital planning, and life cycle asset management, integrated sustainable planning, debt management, regional co-operation, and required accountability reporting.

Document Types: Correspondence, briefing notes, presentations, Cabinet documents, Treasury Board submissions, Memorandum of Understand, records of decision, meeting agendas and minutes, memoranda, reports, plans, procedures and guidelines, delegation of authority, contribution agreements, annual expenditure reports, audit statements, financial management reports, payment requisitions and payments, legal advice, questions and answers, project listings for communications, media analysis and media lines, and news releases.

Record Number: INF GAS 001

GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE FUND

This program activity supports environmental infrastructure projects that promote cleaner air, reduced greenhouse gas emissions and cleaner water. Targeted investments in green infrastructure can contribute to improving the quality of the environment and a more sustainable economy over the longer term. There are five eligible categories of investment: wastewater infrastructure, green energy generation infrastructure, green energy transmission infrastructure, solid waste infrastructure, and carbon transmission and storage infrastructure. By providing up to 50 per cent federal funding on a cost-shared basis, the fund leverages additional investments from other partners. Eligible recipients include provinces, territories, local or regional governments, public sector bodies, other eligible non-profit organizations and private sector companies, either alone or in partnership with a province, territory or a government body.

Green Infrastructure Fund

Description: Records related to the design and implementation of the Green Infrastructure Fund. Includes records related to the transfer of funds from the Green Infrastructure Fund to other federal departments for high priority initiatives. Includes records related to project proposals submitted by provinces, territories, local or regional governments, public sector bodies, and other eligible non-profit organizations and private sector companies, as well as federal-provincial/territorial discussions on large-scale infrastructure projects in the categories of wastewater infrastructure; green energy generation infrastructure; green energy transmission infrastructure; solid waste infrastructure; and carbon transmission and storage infrastructure. Includes records related to proposals, evaluations and plans for about 20 announced projects (the Economic Action Plan website). Records include project summaries; proposals that describe potential projects and their components, cost estimates, expected results and benefits. Also includes reviews of proposed projects under the fund; environmental assessments of approved projects; contribution agreements; and contribution agreement management records.

Document Types: Correspondence, briefing notes, presentations, Cabinet documents, Treasury Board submissions, records of decision, meeting agendas and minutes, memoranda, plans, procedures and guidelines, delegation of authority, contribution agreements, funding proposals, project reviews, environmental assessments and reports, monitoring reports, financial management reports, financial claims and payments, legal advice, questions and answers, media analysis and media lines, and news releases.

Record Number: INF GIF 001

INFRASTRUCTURE CANADA PROGRAM

This program is now sunset. The goal of the Infrastructure Canada Program (ICP), which was established in 2000, was to enhance municipal infrastructure in urban and rural communities across the country, and improve Canadians' quality of life through investments that protect the environment and support long-term economic growth. In most cases, the Government of Canada provided up to one-third of the cost of each municipal infrastructure project. The province or territory, and the municipality itself, provided the remainder of the funds. About 3,890 projects were approved and announced under ICP. This program is no longer reflected as a current program activity of Infrastructure Canada.

Infrastructure Canada was responsible for the overall program management and accountability to Parliament, including media relations, appointment of Management Committee members, and project approval for projects where the federal share is between $1 million and $10 million. The department provided an oversight and monitoring of the program ensuring effective management and a coordinated approach to operational services, information management, and communications services.

The following partner federal departments and agencies were responsible for the delivery of the ICP throughout the country: Industry Canada (for projects in Ontario); Western Economic Diversification (for projects in the western provinces); Canada Economic Development Agency for the Regions of Quebec (for projects in Quebec); Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (for projects in Atlantic Provinces); and Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (for projects in the Territories and with the First Nations). The resources for this program were transferred to the federal delivery partners and were reported in their Reports on Plans and Priorities and Departmental Performance Reports.

Many of the ICP websites maintained by the federal delivery partners have now been archived. It remains possible, however, to search for details of approved ICP projects on Infrastructure Canada's website.

Infrastructure Canada Program

Description: Records related to the design and implementation of the Infrastructure Canada Program, and associated projects including: urban transit, subway systems, commuter rail, light rail, and transit buses using alternative fuels; other local rail-related infrastructure; roads, bridges, tunnels, and intelligent transportation systems technology; public wharves, docks, piers and terminals; local museums, designated local heritage sites, art galleries, performing arts facilities, cultural or community centres, recreational and sports facilities, and libraries; basic municipal infrastructure to support tourism, major public attractions, convention or trade centres, and exhibition buildings; rural and remote telecommunications; high-speed Internet access for schools, museums and libraries, community centres or municipal buildings; and affordable housing. Includes records related to applications for funding, including information on costs, anticipated operation/maintenance of the infrastructure, project category, construction schedule; project review; advice and selection; environmental assessments; financial claims and payments; and communications management. Also includes records related to federal/provincial-territorial committees that administered the funds. Records related to the implementation of the Infrastructure Canada Program may also be found with federal delivery partners: Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, Industry Canada, Western Economic Diversification, Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions, and the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency.

Document Types: Correspondence, briefing notes, presentations, Cabinet documents, Treasury Board submissions, records of decision, meeting agendas and minutes, memoranda, plans, procedures and guidelines, delegation of authority, contribution agreements, application forms, environmental assessments and reports, monitoring reports, invoices, statements, receipts and vouchers, financial management reports, financial claims and payments, payment requisitions, legal advice, questions and answers, media analysis and media lines, and news releases.

Record Number: INF ICP 001

INFRASTRUCTURE STIMULUS FUND

This program is now sunset. As part of the Economic Action Plan, the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund program activity provided timely, targeted and short-term stimulus to the Canadian economy by increasing the total amount of construction activity in Canada during 2008-2009, 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 through the funding of projects, and by leveraging funding of other levels of government and the private sector. It focused on the rehabilitation of existing assets and new infrastructure projects that can be materially completed by March 31, 2011. Program categories included water, wastewater, public transit, solid waste management, highways, roads, culture, community centers and services, temporary shelter infrastructure, parks and trails, rail and port infrastructure.

Infrastructure Stimulus Fund

Description: Records related to the design and implementation of the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund, for infrastructure including highways, local roads, public transit, disaster mitigation, Brownfield redevelopment, culture, port and cruise ships infrastructure, parks and trails, water and wastewater, solid waste management, airports, municipal buildings, temporary housing shelters, community centres and community services, and short-line rail. Includes more than 4000 records related to applications for funding with project descriptions, demonstrating project incrementality, construction-readiness, project merit, funds from other partners, endorsement by local government or not-for-profit Boards of Directors, as appropriate; project review; advice and selection; eligible and ineligible costs; environmental management; audit and evaluation; performance management; risk management; financial claims and payments; and communications. Also includes records related to the federal-provincial oversight committees that administer the funding. Records related to the design and implementation of the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund as well as advice related to the possible funding of proposed projects under the Fund.

Document Types: Correspondence, briefing notes, presentations, Cabinet documents, Treasury Board submissions, records of decision, meeting agendas and minutes, memoranda, plans, procedures and guidelines, delegation of authority, contribution agreements, application forms, environmental assessments and reports, monitoring reports, financial management reports, financial claims and payments, payment requisitions, legal advice, questions and answers, media analysis and media lines, and news releases.

Record Number: INF ISF 001

INTERNAL SERVICES

Internal Services are groups of related activities and resources that are administered to support the needs of programs and other corporate obligations of an organization. These groups are: Management and Oversight Services; Communications Services; Legal Services; Human Resources Management Services; Financial Management Services; Information Management Services; Information Technology Services; Real Property Services; Materiel Services; Acquisition Services; and Travel and Other Administrative Services. Internal Services include only those activities and resources that apply across an organization and not to those provided specifically to a program.

ACQUISITIONS SERVICES

Acquisition Services involve activities undertaken to acquire a good or service to fulfill a properly completed request (including a complete and accurate definition of requirements and certification that funds are available) until entering into or amending a contract.

COMMUNICATIONS SERVICES

Communications Services involve activities undertaken to ensure that Government of Canada communications are effectively managed, well coordinated and responsive to the diverse information needs of the public. The communications management function ensures that the public – internal or external – receives government information, and that the views and concerns of the public are taken into account in the planning, management and evaluation of policies, programs, services and initiatives.

FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT SERVICES

Financial Management Services involve activities undertaken to ensure the prudent use of public resources, including planning, budgeting, accounting, reporting, control and oversight, analysis, decision support and advice, and financial systems.

HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGEMENT SERVICES

Human Resources Management Services involve activities undertaken for determining strategic direction, allocating resources among services and processes, as well as activities relating to analyzing exposure to risk and determining appropriate countermeasures. They ensure that the service operations and programs of the federal government comply with applicable laws, regulations, policies, and/or plans.

INFORMATION MANAGEMENT SERVICES

Information Management Services involve activities undertaken to achieve efficient and effective information management to support program and service delivery; foster informed decision making; facilitate accountability, transparency, and collaboration; and preserve and ensure access to information and records for the benefit of present and future generations.

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SERVICES

Information Technology Services involve activities undertaken to achieve efficient and effective use of information technology to support government priorities and program delivery, to increase productivity, and to enhance services to the public.

LEGAL SERVICES

Legal services involve activities undertaken to enable government departments and agencies to pursue policy, program and service delivery priorities and objectives within a legally sound framework.

MANAGEMENT AND OVERSIGHT SERVICES

Management and Oversight Services involve activities undertaken for determining strategic direction, and allocating resources among services and processes, as well as those activities related to analyzing exposure to risk and determining appropriate countermeasures. They ensure that the service operations and programs of the federal government comply with applicable laws, regulations, policies, and/or plans.

MATERIEL SERVICES

Materiel Services involve activities undertaken to ensure that materiel can be managed by departments in a sustainable and financially responsible manner that supports the cost-effective and efficient delivery of government programs.

REAL PROPERTY SERVICES

Real Property Services involve activities undertaken to ensure real property is managed in a sustainable and financially responsible manner, throughout its life cycle, to support the cost-effective and efficient delivery of government programs.

TRAVEL AND OTHER ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES

Travel and Other Administrative Services include Government of Canada (GC) travel services, as well as those other internal services that do not smoothly fit with any of the internal services categories

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  • Standard of Classes of Records (CoRs)
    • Standard of Personal Information Banks (PIBs)

MUNICIPAL RURAL INFRASTRUCTURE FUND

This program activity supports small-scale municipal infrastructure projects designed to promote and improve quality of life in both urban and rural communities. At least 80 percent of funding under the fund has been dedicated to municipalities with a population of less than 250,000. For most projects, the Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund provided up to one-third federal funding for eligible projects. Its long-term commitment to public infrastructure helps promote sustainable economic growth, innovation and healthy communities. Projects contribute to the construction, renewal and/or enhancement of public infrastructure and build capacity in partnership with recipients. Regional Development Agencies were federal partners for delivery of the Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund.

Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund

Description: Records related to the design and implementation of the Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund, and associated water, wastewater, solid waste, municipal energy improvements, public transit, culture and tourism, recreational infrastructure, local roads, and broadband connectivity infrastructure projects. Includes records related to applications for funding, including information on costs, anticipated operation/maintenance of the infrastructure, project category, construction schedule; project review; advice and selection; environmental assessments; financial claims and payments; and communications management. Also includes records related to federal/provincial-territorial committees that administered the funds. Records related to the implementation of the Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund may also be found with federal delivery partners: Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, Industry Canada, Western Economic Diversification, Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions, and the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency.

Document Types: Correspondence, briefing notes, presentations, Cabinet documents, Treasury Board submissions, records of decision, meeting agendas and minutes, memoranda, plans, procedures and guidelines, delegation of authority, contribution agreements, application forms, environmental assessments and reports, monitoring reports, invoices, statements, receipts and vouchers, financial management reports, financial claims and payments, payment requisitions, legal advice, questions and answers, media analysis and media lines, and news releases.

Record Number: INF MRI 001

NATIONAL TRAILS COALITION

This program is now sunset. Through Canada's Economic Action Plan, the federal government committed $25 million to the National Trails Coalition in 2009-2010. Funding was used by the National Trails Coalition to build and renew multi-purpose trails for walking, running, cross-country skiing, biking, all-terrain vehicles and snowmobiles.

National Trails Coalition

Description: Records related to the design and implementation of the one-time funding provided to the National Trails Coalition for projects such as the building and renewing of multi-purpose trails for walking, running, cross-country skiing, biking, all-terrain vehicles and snowmobiles including rehabilitation, bridges, surveying, and improved trail signage.

Document Types: Correspondence, briefing notes, presentations, Cabinet documents, Treasury Board submissions, contribution agreement, financial management reports, payment requisitions, legal advice, committee meeting agendas and minutes, reports, questions and answers, media analysis and media lines, and news releases.

Record Number: INF NTC 001

PROVINCIAL-TERRITORIAL INFRASTRUCTURE BASE FUND

This program activity provides base funding to each province and territory for core infrastructure priorities. In addition, per capita funding under the Building Canada Fund for the three territories is managed under this fund. The Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Base Fund was designed to help restore fiscal balance while enhancing Canada's public infrastructure system. It also supports economic competitiveness and productivity, and promotes cleaner air, water and land, and stronger and healthier communities. While payments are made to provinces and territories, ultimate recipients can also include local and regional governments or private sector bodies. In order for federal funding to flow, provinces and territories submit a list of infrastructure initiatives through a capital plan which must be accepted by the Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities. Payments are made in advance and cost-sharing provisions apply to a capital plan as a whole, and not individual initiatives. Provinces and territories may pool, bank, or cash-manage these funds to give them flexibility in implementation.

Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Base Fund

Description: Records related to the design and implementation of the Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Base Fund which results in infrastructure for: water, wastewater, public transit, highways, green energy, disaster mitigation, solid waste management, Brownfield redevelopment, culture, sports, broadband, local roads, shortline rail, short-sea shipping, regional and local airports, and tourism. As this fund is not application based and details of individual initiatives are not submitted to the department, records therefore include capital plan submissions from provinces and territories including a summary of individual infrastructure initiatives, the eligible category of investment for each, the total eligible cost of each initiative, and an aggregate cost-sharing breakdown of the entire capital plan submission; annual expenditure reports and audit reports from provinces and territories. Records may also include advice related to the possible funding of proposed annual capital submissions.

Document Types: Correspondence, briefing notes, presentations, Cabinet documents, Treasury Board submissions, reports, funding agreements, financial management reports, payment requisitions and payments, legal advice, questions and answers, media analysis and media lines, and news releases.

Record Number: INF PTB 001

SUPPORT FOR THE G8 SUMMIT

This program is now sunset. This program activity provided funding for infrastructure projects that supported the hosting of the G8 Summit in June 2010 in Hunstville, Ontario, and provides a legacy to help compensate local communities and residents as a result of hosting the Summit. The program provided funding to contribute to a safe, secure and successful hosting of the Summit. The maximum share of federal funding was up to one hundred per cent (100%) of total eligible costs.

G8 Summit

Description: Records related to the design and implementation of the one-time funding related to the G8 Summit held in 2010. Includes records related to advice provided in relation to proposed funding for projects in the Parry Sound-Muskoka region, such as improvements to the North Bay International Airport, road enhancements and local beautification projects.

Document Types: Correspondence, briefing notes, presentations, Cabinet documents, Treasury Board submissions, contribution agreements, financial management reports, payment requisitions, legal advice, questions and answers, media analysis and media lines, and news releases.

Record Number: INF GSU 001

UNRELATED INFORMATION HOLDINGS

Infrastructure Policy

Description: Records related to the identification and assessment of broad infrastructure issues, priorities and needs for potential federal action including the development of infrastructure plans and programs; and strategic infrastructure funding priority investments. Includes records related to the development of policy proposals; advice and recommendations related to public infrastructure; monitoring and support of the federal/provincial issues and discussion; and, coordination with federal stakeholders. Also includes records related to research, independently and in conjunction with partners, which contributes to federal development policy.

Document Types: Correspondence, Memoranda of Understanding, briefing notes, memoranda, contracts, studies, Cabinet documents, Treasury Board submissions, press releases, presentations, key messages, speeches, newsletters, meeting agendas and minutes, policies and guidelines, agreements, publications, and question period notes.

Record Number: INF POL 001

Manuals

Given that Infrastructure Canada provides funding to provinces, territories, municipalities and other stakeholder organizations and does not deliver programs to individual citizens, the department has no manuals such as instructions, handbooks or procedures used by employees in administering institutional programs that affect the general public.

Additional Information

The Government of Canada encourages the release of information through informal requests. You may wish to consult Infrastructure Canada's completed Access to Information summaries and open data. Please see Completed Access to Information Requests. To make an informal request, contact:

Sylvie Plourde
Access to Information and Privacy Coordinator
180 Kent Street, Suite 1100
Ottawa, Ontario K1P 0B6
Telephone: 613-960-6316
Facsimile: 613-948-9393
sylvie.plourde@infc.gc.ca

Please see the Introduction to this publication for information on formal access procedures under the provisions of the Access to Information Act and the Privacy Act. To make a formal request:

Mail your letter or Access to Information Request Form (Access to Information Act) or Personal Information Request Form (Privacy Act), along with any necessary documents (such as consent or the $5.00 application fee for a request under the Access to Information Act) to the following address:

Sylvie Plourde
Access to Information and Privacy Coordinator
180 Kent Street, Suite 1100
Ottawa, Ontario K1P 0B6
Telephone: 613-960-6316
Facsimile: 613-948-9393
sylvie.plourde@infc.gc.ca

Please note: Each request made to the Infrastructure Canada under the Access to Information Act must be accompanied by an application fee of $5.00, cheque or money order made payable to the Receiver General for Canada.

For further information about the programs and activities of Infrastructure Canada, please contact:

General Enquiries
Infrastructure Canada
Communications
180 Kent Street, Suite 1100
Ottawa, Ontario K1P 0B6
Telephone: 613-948-1148
Toll Free: 1-800-622-6232
Internet: Infrastructure Canada

Reading Room

In accordance with the Access to Information Act and Privacy Act, the applicant may wish to review material in person at:

180 Kent Street
11th floor
Ottawa, Ontario K1P 0B6

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