Investing in Canada Plan – Building a Better Canada

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Through the Investing in Canada Plan, launched in 2016, the Government of Canada committed over $180 billion over 12 years for infrastructure that benefits Canadians – from public transit to trading ports, broadband networks to energy systems, community services to natural spaces.

The Plan is designed to achieve three objectives across its five investment streams.

To date, the Plan has invested over $119 billion in over 77,000 projects, 98% of them completed or underway.

These investments are being delivered through programs administered by over 20 federal departments and agencies, and involve working closely with provinces, territories, municipalities and Indigenous Peoples.

Infrastructure Canada is responsible for investments made for the following programs delivered under the Investing in Canada Plan:

Infrastructure Canada is also the department responsible for the arms-length Canada Infrastructure Bank.


The Investing in Canada Plan is designed to achieve three objectives: create long-term economic growth to build a stronger middle class; support the resilience of communities and transition to a clean growth economy; and build social inclusion and socio-economic outcomes for all Canadians.

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Jobs & Growth

The Plan is associated with the creation of 100,000 good, well-paying jobs each year and boosting our GDP at a time when we need it most.

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Sustainable & Resilient

The Plan has committed billions of dollars towards projects that are cleaning our waters, strengthening our energy grids, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and building resiliency to the impacts of climate change.

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Inclusive & Accessible

The Plan is investing in projects that are improving social inclusivity, accessibility for people with disabilities and quality of life for all Canadians.

Investment Streams

To promote economic growth and jobs, support resilience and a low-carbon economy, and build inclusive communities, the Investing in Canada Plan delivers investments across five streams:

Public Transit icon  Public Transit

Investments to build new urban transit networks and service extensions that will transform the way Canadians live, move and work. Under the Plan, investments of over $13 billion have been made in more than 1,300 public transit projects across Canada. These investments have helped build more than 240 kilometres of new public transit subway and light rail line, purchase over 300 zero-emission buses, and create almost 500 kilometres of active transportation trails, bike and pedestrian lanes, and recreational paths. Learn more about the public transit investment stream.

Green icon  Green

Investments to ensure access to safe water, clean air, and greener communities where Canadians can watch their children play and grow. Infrastructure Canada's Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund (DMAF) helps protect Canadians and their homes and businesses, while reducing the long-term costs associated with replacing infrastructure following natural disasters. Through DMAF's first intake, more than $1.9 billion was announced for 69 large-scale infrastructure projects to help protect communities across the country from the emerging threats of climate change. Since the launch of the Clean Energy for Rural and Remote Communities, $111.3 million has been invested to reduce reliance on diesel and other fossil fuels for heat and power in Canada's rural and remote communities, by supporting 81 community-led renewable energy projects. Learn more about the green investment stream.

Social icon  Social

Investments to provide adequate and affordable housing and child care as well as cultural and recreational centers that will ensure Canada's communities continue to be great places to call home. Through the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation, housing stock has been expanded by over 14,000 housing units, over 65,900 housing units repaired and over 23,800 community housing units have been protected. Under the Enabling Accessibility Fund, $19.9 million has been invested in 672 projects, including small, mid-sized and youth projects, to support communities to become more accessible by creating accessible pathways, installing ramps, accessible washrooms and hearing loop systems, and improving accessibility in workplaces. Learn more about the social investment stream.

Trade and Transportation icon  Trade and Transportation

Provide safe, sustainable and efficient transportation systems that will bring global markets closer to Canada to help Canadian businesses compete, grow and create more middle-class jobs. Through the National Trade Corridors Fund, $704 million has been committed to 16 air projects and 27 marine projects, leveraging total investments of $1.45 billion; and, $1.09 billion has been committed to 19 rail and 21 road projects, leveraging total investments of $2.5 billion. Learn more about the trade and transportation investment stream.

Rural and Northern Communities icon  Rural and Northern Communities

Investments to grow local economies, improve social inclusiveness and better safeguard the health and environment of rural and northern communities. Over 100 mostly rural communities now have high-speed internet, with hundreds more soon to be connected with over 22,000 km of fibre by 2023. Learn more about the rural and northern communities investment stream.

Additional Resources

For additional background information regarding the Investing in Canada Plan, please consult: