2016–17 Departmental Results Report
As Canada's Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, I am pleased to present Infrastructure Canada's Departmental Results Report for 2016-2017.
Formerly known as the "Departmental Performance Report", this new, simplified report tells our performance story in a clear and balanced way, based on the objectives laid out in our 2016-2017 Report on Plans and Priorities.
This year has been one of great progress and accomplishments. The next phase of our Investing in Canada plan was announced in Budget 2017. Through this new plan, the government will invest more than $180 billion in infrastructure for Canadian communities. This will help us achieve our overarching goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, build strong, inclusive communities and grow Canada's economy. It will lead to shared growth and will create opportunities for the middle class and those working hard to join it.
We have been working with our partners to set priorities for a new era of infrastructure investment, focussing on public transit, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, trade and transportation infrastructure, and rural and northern communities.
Our progress on our Budget 2016 commitments continues to advance. We signed bilateral agreements with all provinces and territories to invest $3.4 billion through the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund, and $2 billion through the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund. As of mid-October 2017, $4.1 billion in funding was approved for 3,399 projects across the country through these two new programs. We also worked to accelerate funding under the New Building Canada Fund to address the most pressing infrastructure needs of our partners.
In addition, we continued to oversee the Toronto Waterfront Revitalization Initiative, as well as two critical projects that will improve key trade corridors for Canada: the New Champlain Bridge in Montréal and the new Gordie Howe International Bridge between Windsor and Detroit.
I am pleased to report that we introduced two new initiatives this year: the Canada Infrastructure Bank, which will provide a new tool for our partners to finance and build more infrastructure; and the Smart Cities Challenge, which will encourage communities, large and small, to take bold action to improve outcomes for their residents by applying a smart city approach that leverages connected technology and data.
In the coming year, I will continue to meet the commitments outlined in my mandate letter. I am confident that my colleagues at Infrastructure Canada will support me in delivering the investments that will transform the way Canadians live, move and work, ensuring that Canada's communities continue to be great places to call home.
The Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, P.C., M.P.
Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
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