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The Government of Canada's Investments

Nanaimo Assembly Wharf, Floating Cruise Ship Terminal, Nanaimo, British Columbia

Nanaimo Assembly Wharf, Floating Cruise Ship Terminal, Nanaimo, BC

In 2006, the federal government undertook far-reaching consultations on the future of infrastructure investments. Provincial, territorial and municipal partners and stakeholders made it clear that the country wanted and needed long-term predictable funding that supported both large-scale and local priorities. The Government of Canada listened and developed a world class approach to infrastructure investments to provide long-term stable funding – the Building Canada Plan.

Following the launch of the $33 billion Building Canada Plan, the Government of Canada continued its commitment to infrastructure in Canada. As part of the Plan, it increased funding under the Gas Tax Fund, which reached $2 billion a year nationally in 2009-10 and will be made permanent at that level beginning in 2014.

In 2009, in response to the global economic downturn, billions of dollars in short-term funding were committed to infrastructure under the Economic Action Plan, including the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund and the Building Canada Fund-Communities Component Top-Up. This short-term funding was a welcome addition to the government's existing infrastructure funding. Also in 2009, the government launched the Green Infrastructure Fund, rounding out Infrastructure Canada's comprehensive suite of infrastructure investments.

These are the investments that will support a prosperous Canada
well into the 21st century

Taking Stock of Federal Investments

Port of Belledune Terminal Expansion, Belledune, New Brunswick

Port of Belledune Terminal Expansion, Belledune, NB

Funding infrastructure in Canada is both challenging and rewarding. Managing taxpayers' dollars in a prudent manner drives infrastructure investments that support the priorities of the nation: strengthening the economy while supporting local goals.

Since January 27, 2009 (Budget 2009), Infrastructure Canada has committed more than $10.6 billion toward approximately 6,400 infrastructure projects. When combined with contributions from the provinces, territories, municipalities and other funding partners, this means approximately $30 billion has been committed for infrastructure projects in communities across the country.

Infrastructure Canada's commitments since the launch of the Building Canada Plan in 20074 include:

  • Over $11.5 billion in targeted investments
  • Almost $2 billion in Provincial-Territorial Base Funding
  • Over $3.7 billion in Gas Tax Funding5

Targeted Investments focus on both community and large-scale infrastructure. Funds are targeted toward priorities, such as clean drinking water and public transit, and include commitments under the Building Canada Fund, the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund and the Green Infrastructure Fund.

Provincial-Territorial Base Funding provides provinces and territories with stable long-term funding geared toward their priorities. This funding is streamlined and flexible with simplified administrative requirements.

The Gas Tax Fund goes to municipalities to support environmentally sustainable municipal infrastructure projects.

In 2008, the Government of Canada announced that the Gas Tax Fund would become a permanent measure, providing $2 billion per year in predictable and long-term infrastructure funding to Canada's cities and towns.

In addition to funding provided by Infrastructure Canada, the federal government has a number of other significant infrastructure funds:

  • Transport Canada manages over $3 billion in funding for gateways and border crossings initiatives.
  • Regional development agencies have committed $500 million for recreational facilities as part of Canada's Economic Action Plan.
  • Public-Private Partnerships Canada will provide $1.2 billion for public-private partnerships.

4 As of September 20, 2011 (see also note 5 on the Gas Tax figure).

5 Represents the cumulative amount spent from 2005-06 to 2009-10.

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