How we work
Infrastructure Canada reports to Parliament and Canadians through the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities and the Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Rural Economic Development.
The Department is made up of eight branches:
The Policy and Results Branch:
- contributes to federal policy development;
- identifies and assesses broad infrastructure issues, priorities, needs for potential federal action;
- builds and maintains analytical foundations to provide evidence-based advice through economic analysis, data collection and reporting;
- collects and uses data to measure and report on results, in partnership with other federal departments, provincial and territorial governments and other public and private stakeholders.
The Communications Branch:
- leads the Government of Canada’s efforts in communicating the Investing in Canada plan and the Rural Economic Development Strategy;
- assists the Deputy Minister in providing advice to the Ministers regarding communications risks and opportunities;
- creates engaging content to inform Canadians about the benefits of infrastructure investments in their communities through traditional and digital communications.
The Program Operations Branch:
- establishes and oversees the overall framework, mechanisms and systems for the delivery of Infrastructure Canada’s major infrastructure funding programs, including the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP) and related Bilateral Agreements, the Clean Water & Wastewater Fund (CWWF), the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund (PTIF), the Federal Gas Tax Fund (GTF), and the New Building Canada Fund, as well as other legacy programs;
- ensures the proper implementation of program requirements and specific projects funded under these programs, including providing project-level and program-level oversight and reporting to ensure a coordinated, results-based approach to infrastructure consistent with the Government of Canada’s priorities regarding long-term economic growth, inclusive communities and a low-carbon, green economy;
- works collaboratively with the provinces, territories, municipalities, Indigenous communities, other federal departments and agencies, the private sector, and not-for-profit organizations to build partnerships, promote program opportunities and administer these ongoing infrastructure funding programs
The Corporate Services Branch:
- provides support and services for corporate functions, such as procurement; human resources; finance and administration; security; information management and information technology; integrated risk, performance and planning and accommodations.
The Corporate Secretariat:
- provides high-quality, specialized advice and coordination services in the following areas: governance; access to information and privacy; ministerial coordination and trips; ministerial correspondence; and parliamentary affairs.
The Audit and Evaluation Branch:
- provides the Deputy Minister with independent assurance that policies and programs are sustainable and managed in a way that demonstrates sound stewardship, focusing on risk management, internal controls, and governance;
- provides the Deputy Minister with neutral assessments of policy and program relevance and performance, flag issues that could be improved, to recommend improvements to, or alternatives, to policies and programs.
The Investment, Partnership and Innovation Branch:
- provides oversight on federal matters relating to the Toronto Waterfront Revitalization Initiative;
- provides oversight to the Canada Infrastructure Bank which works with provincial, territorial, municipal, and Indigenous partners to attract private investors to new revenue-generating infrastructure projects that are in the public interest;
- provides overall project oversight and due diligence to the Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority to ensure the Gordie Howe International Bridge project continues to comply with government direction and with the 2012 Canada-Michigan Crossing Agreement;
- manages the project, being delivered as a public private partnership, and ensures close collaboration with federal, provincial and local stakeholders;
- oversees the work of Jacques-Cartier and Champlain Bridges Incorporated (JCCBI), the Jacques Cartier Bridge, federal portion of the Mercier Bridge and other federal infrastructure in the Greater Montréal Region as well as the deconstruction of the original Champlain Bridge.
The Communities and Rural Economic Development Branch:
- provides a coordinated and focused whole-of-government approach to addressing rural economic development through the Centre for Rural Economic Development;
- partners with communities and other stakeholders to advance their economic development;
- helps communities adapt to and mitigate the impacts of climate change
- empowers communities to find innovative, smart solutions to pressing problems and to build up their capacity at the local level.
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