Departmental Performance Report - Text Descriptions

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Figure 1: Federal Support for Provincial, Territorial and Municipal Infrastructure

Figure 1 is a graph based on Infrastructure Canada and Finance Canada data and includes INFC investments and other government departments led initiatives investing in public infrastructure.

The graph shows Federal support which corresponds to the grants and contributions provided towards provincial/territorial and municipal infrastructure. It shows that federal support for public infrastructure has increased significantly over the past decade, from about $600 million in 2003-2004 to close to $5 billion in 2013-2014, and that Infrastructure Canada is the key contributor of federal support.

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Figure 2: Provincial/Territorial and Municipal Investments in Core Public Infrastructure by Asset Owner

Figure 2 is a graph based on Statistics Canada data. The graph shows levels of investment towards core public infrastructure by provincial, territorial and municipal governments in Canada for the period of 1992 to 2013.

Core public infrastructure consists of the following asset categories: bridges, roads, water, wastewater, public transit, and cultural and recreational facilities. It excludes educational and health facilities.

The graph shows a significant increase, since the early 2000s, in provincial/territorial and municipal investments in the country's core public infrastructure. Together, these investments (in constant, 2007 dollars) represented close to $30 billion in 2013.

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Figure 3: Average Age and Age as a Percentage of Useful Life of Core Public Infrastructure (CPI)

Figure 3 is a graph based on Statistics Canada data. The graph shows the average age of core public infrastructure in Canada, as well as the age as a percentage of useful life of the assets, from 2000 to 2013. The "useful life" of an asset corresponds to its estimated productive life at the time of its acquisition.

Figure 3 shows that the average age of core public infrastructure is now declining. From its peak of 17.8 years in 2000, the average age of core public infrastructure declined to 14.7 years forecasted for 2013.

The graph also shows that between 2000 and 2013, the average age of Canada's core public infrastructure as a percentage of useful life fell from 65.9 percent to 52.5 percent.

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Figure on Transfer Payment Programs

This figure describes Infrastructure Canada's suite of transfer payment programs, which address local and regional infrastructure needs while advancing national priorities. In 2013-2014, the Department delivered funding through three general mechanisms: base funding, targeted programs and sunsetting programs. All programs contribute to the goals of a competitive economy, a cleaner environment, and liveable communities.

Base Funding

Funding is directed to provincial, territorial and municipal governments, addressing priorities in every jurisdiction and supporting the restoration of fiscal balance. Through the Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Base Fund ($2.3 billion announced in Budget 2007), each jurisdiction receives base funding to address their core infrastructure priorities. Through the Gas Tax Fund (approximately $2 billion annually, renewed in Budget 2013), municipalities are provided with predictable funding to address local infrastructure priorities. The renewed GTF is now indexed at 2 percent per year and will give municipalities greater flexibility to spend federal funding on a broader range of infrastructure priorities.

Targeted Programs

The Building Canada Fund ($8.8 billion announced in Budget 2007) is largely delivered through two components, the Communities Component, oriented to projects in smaller communities, and the Major Infrastructure Component, oriented to larger infrastructure projects of national or regional significance. Infrastructure projects also benefit from the Green Infrastructure Fund ($1 billion announced in Budget 2009), oriented to projects that improve the environment and the economy.

Sunsetting Programs

Other programs include: the Canada Strategic Infrastructure Fund ($4.3 billion, announced in the 2001, 2003 and 2006 Budgets), supporting larger projects that sustain economic growth and improve quality of life; the Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund ($1.2 billion announced in Budget 2003 and augmented in 2006), enhancing liveability through small-scale municipal projects in urban and rural communities; and the Border Infrastructure Fund ($600 million announced in Budget 2001), investing in physical and transportation system infrastructure and improved analytical capacity at border crossings.

Note: the graph specifies that the allocations for transfer payment programs presented on this page are the original allocations announced by the Government of Canada, and do not reflect subsequent adjustments.

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Figure 4: Departmental Spending Trend

Figure 4 represents Infrastructure Canada's spending and planned spending from 2011-2012 to 2016-2017. Overall, the graph highlights the stability and predictability of infrastructure funding provided through the Gas Tax Fund (GTF), with spending at around $2 billion a year. The GTF is the only program in this graph not being considered as a "Sunset Program", which are time-limited programs that do not have an ongoing funding and policy authority.

In 2014-2015 and beyond - given that Figure 4 does not include planned spending for the programs under the New Building Canada Fund - the graph shows a general decrease in spending levels under "Sunset Programs". The peak in spending in 2011-2012 reflects the successful completion of Infrastructure Canada programs under the 2009 Economic Action Plan.

Departmental spending and planned spending from 2011-12 to 2016-17 is as follows:

  • In 2011-12, the Actual Spending was $ 4.5 billion;
  • In 2012-13, the Actual Spending was $ 3.8 billion;
  • In 2013-14, the Actual Spending was $ 3.5 billion;
  • In 2014-15, the Planned Spending is $ 3.3 billion;
  • In 2015-16, the Planned Spending is $ 3.2 billion; and
  • In 2016-17, the Planned Spending is $ 2.5 billion.

The graph specifies that planned spending for the new programs under the New Building Canada Fund was not included, as it was not part of Infrastructure Canada's 2013-2014 Program Alignment Architecture.

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Figure 5: Gas Tax Fund Spending by Project Category

Figure 5 provides information on the proportion of Gas Tax Fund spending by project category, between 2005-2006 to 2012-2013. Percentages of spending are as follows:

  • 42% in public transit infrastructure;
  • 26% in local roads and bridges;
  • 13% in water infrastructure;
  • 10% in wastewater infrastructure;
  • 4% in solid waste management infrastructure;
  • 3% in community energy
  • 1% in active transportation (or pedestrian and cycling infrastructure); and
  • 1% in municipal capacity building projects.

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Figure 6: Infrastructure Canada Funding under SO2 Programs by Asset Category

Figure 6 provides information on the proportion of INFC's funding provided through programs that are under the Strategic Outcome 2, since 2006, by major asset category. This includes funding under the following programs: the Building Canada Fund–Major Infrastructure Component, the Building Canada Fund–Communities Component, the Green Infrastructure Fund, the Canada Strategic Infrastructure Fund, and the Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund.

Percentages of funding by category are as follows:

  • 31% in public transit;
  • 27% in transportation;
  • 18% in green infrastructure (which includes wastewater infrastructure);
  • 8% in drinking water infrastructure;
  • 7% in culture and tourism infrastructure;
  • 6% in sports and recreational infrastructure; and
  • 3% in other types of infrastructure.

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Expenses by Strategic Outcome

This figure outlines Infrastructure Canada's Expenses, in 2013-2014, by Strategic Outcome:

  • Expenses for Strategic Outcome 1, "Provinces, territories and municipalities have federal financial support for their infrastructure priorities", were of $2,300,453,000, accounting for 65% of overall expenses;
  • Expenses for Strategic Outcome 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", were of $1,179,788,000, accounting for 34% of expenses; and
  • Expenses for Internal Services were of $27,720,000, accounting for 1% of expenses.

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Total Net Liabilities

This figure outlines Infrastructure Canada's net liabilities, which are as follows:

  • Accounts payable and accrued liabilities: $305,430,000, accounting for 99% of net liabilities;
  • Vacation pay and compensatory leave: $1,216,000, accounting for less than 1% of net liabilities; and
  • Employee future benefits: $1,428,000, accounting for 1% of net liabilities.

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Total Net Financial Assets

This figure outlines Infrastructure Canada's net financial assets, which are as follows:

  • Due from Consolidated Revenue Fund: $181,839,000, accounting for 60% of net financial assets; and
  • Accounts receivable and advances: $123,599,000, accounting for 40% of net financial assets.

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