About Infrastructure Canada

Raison d'être, mandate and role: who we are and what we do

Raison d'être

The key to building Canada for the 21st century is a strategic and collaborative long-term infrastructure plan that builds economically vibrant, strategically planned, sustainable and inclusive communities. Infrastructure Canada works closely with all orders of government and other partners to enable investments in social, green, public transit and other core public infrastructure, as well as trade and transportation infrastructure.

Mandate and role

Infrastructure Canada is a Government of Canada department that:

  • provides long-term, predictable support to help Canadians benefit from world-class, modern public infrastructure;
  • makes investments, builds partnerships, develops policies, delivers programs, and fosters knowledge about public infrastructure in Canada; and
  • helps address complex challenges that Canadians face every day—ranging from the rapid growth of our cities, to climate change, and environmental threats to our water and land.

For information on mandate letter commitments, see the mandate letter for the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities on the Prime Minister of Canada's website.