Infrastructure in British Columbia


Infrastructure investments are key to creating jobs, supporting a strong economy, and building greener, more resilient communities. Across British Columbia, the Government of Canada's investments in modern infrastructure are helping to build efficient transportation systems, provide clean drinking water for families, increase access to high-speed internet for residents and businesses, and build inclusive communities.

Projects in British Columbia

Projects Near You

Infrastructure projects are being built in communities all across British Columbia. These infrastructure projects not only improve the everyday lives of Canadians, but also attract the talent and investment communities need to create new jobs and business opportunities.

Visit our project map to see Investing in Canada plan projects in British Columbia.

Details about all projects approved since 2002 are also available on the Open Government Portal.

Projects funded under the Investing in Canada plan are marked by recognizable signs that can be found from coast to coast to coast. The project signage guidelines are available for recipients of projects funded under the plan.

In the News

All Infrastructure Canada news in British Columbia

Programs and Funds Available for British Columbia

Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program

COVID-19 update

To address the challenges faced by communities as a result of COVID-19, the over $33-billion Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program, delivered through bilateral agreements with provinces and territories, now includes a new COVID-19 Resilience stream, offers expanded project eligibility and allows for accelerated approvals.

Visit the COVID-19 Resilience stream page for more information.

The Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program provides long-term, stable funding to:

  • Help communities reduce air and water pollution, provide clean water, increase resilience to climate change and create a clean-growth economy
  • Build strong, dynamic and inclusive communities, and
  • Ensure Canadian families have access to modern, reliable services that improve their quality of life

Project Approval and Funding Process

The Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program is administered through a bilateral agreement with British Columbia. Projects are cost-shared with the provincial government, municipalities, Indigenous communities and other partners.

Project Approval and Funding Process

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  1. Applicants submit their projects to the province
  2. Province prioritizes projects and submits to Infrastructure Canada
  3. Infrastructure Canada reviews, validates eligibility and funding and seeks ministerial approval*
  4. Projects begin and funding flows when costs are incurred**

* For projects seeking funding under the Ministers' delegated authority, Infrastructure Canada will provide the province or territory with a funding decision within 60 days of receiving a complete application. An application is deemed completed when all required information has been submitted in IRIS and no further clarification is required. Projects seeking funding outside the Ministers' delegated authority also require approval by Treasury Board. Examples include, but are not limited to, projects seeking more than $50 million federal contribution, or projects containing sole-source contracts.

** Infrastructure Canada will issue a claim payment for projects within 20 business days of receiving a complete claim, with all required information, from the recipient.

* For projects seeking funding under the Ministers' delegated authority, Infrastructure Canada will provide the province or territory with a funding decision within 60 days of receiving a complete application. An application is deemed completed when all required information has been submitted in IRIS and no further clarification is required. Projects seeking funding outside the Ministers' delegated authority also require approval by Treasury Board. Examples include, but are not limited to, projects seeking more than $50 million federal contribution, or projects containing sole-source contracts.

** Infrastructure Canada will issue a claim payment for projects within 20 business days of receiving a complete claim, with all required information, from the recipient.

Funding Breakdown

In 2016, Canada and British Columbia signed an initial agreement under the Investing in Canada plan to invest more than $685 million in federal funding for the rehabilitation, repair, and modernization of existing infrastructure to provide communities with more reliable water and wastewater systems and improve public transit systems across the province.

In 2018, a second agreement was signed to provide more than $4.12 billion in federal funding over the next decade for long-term infrastructure projects through four streams. Here is a funding breakdown, by stream: Public Transit InfrastructureGreen InfrastructureCommunity, Culture & Recreational Infrastructure and Rural & Northern Infrastructure.

  Public Transit Infrastructure

Funding for the new construction, expansion, improvement and rehabilitation of public transit infrastructure that transform the way Canadians live, move
and work.

Approved and announced
1496762615
(55%)
Under Review
549831000
(21%)
Unallocated
632398320Footnote 1
(24%)
 Approved and announced  Total value of projects received under review  Unallocated
  1496762615 549831000 632398320
PROVINCIAL INTAKE
Opened N/A
Closed N/A
Total number of project applications received from British Columbia 18
  • Total number of applications being assessed for completeness
1
  • Total number of completed applications under review
2
Total projects approved and announced by Infrastructure Canada 15

Visit Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure  or e-mail TRAN.WEBMASTER@gov.bc.ca for additional information about the project intake process.

  Green Infrastructure

Funding for green infrastructure projects that reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, enable greater adaptation and resilience to the impacts of climate change, provide climate-related disaster mitigation, and ensure clean air and safe drinking water for residents.

Approved and announced
246937181
(27%)
Under Review
6353033
(1%)
Unallocated
645840131Footnote 1
(72%)
 Approved and announced  Total value of projects received under review  Unallocated
  246937181 6353033 645840131
PROVINCIAL INTAKE
Opened N/A
Closed For Climate Change Mitigation Sub-stream only: March 27, 2019
For Environmental Quality Sub-stream only: February 29, 2020
Total number of project applications received from British Columbia 33
  • Total number of applications being assessed for completeness
0
  • Total number of completed applications under review
1
Total projects approved and announced by Infrastructure Canada 28

Visit Ministry of Municipal Affairs & Housing  or e-mail infra@gov.bc.ca for additional information about the project intake process.

  Community, Culture & Recreational Infrastructure

Funding for community, culture and recreation infrastructure projects that build stronger communities and improve social inclusion.

Approved and announced
99403508
(64%)
Under Review
0
(0%)
Unallocated
56971343Footnote 1
(36%)
 Approved and announced  Total value of projects received under review  Unallocated
  99403508 0 56971343
PROVINCIAL INTAKE
Opened N/A
Closed January 23, 2019
Total number of project applications received from British Columbia 53
  • Total number of applications being assessed for completeness
0
  • Total number of completed applications under review
1
Total projects approved and announced by Infrastructure Canada 52

Visit Ministry of Municipal Affairs & Housing  or e-mail infra@gov.bc.ca for additional information about the project intake process.

  Rural & Northern Infrastructure

Funding to support projects that improve the quality of life in rural and northern communities including improvements to food security, broadband connectivity, transportation infrastructure, energy, and education and health facilities.

Approved and announced
67168641
(41%)
Under Review
0
(0%)
Unallocated
98086178Footnote 1
(59%)
 Approved and announced  Total value of projects received under review  Unallocated
  67168641 0 98086178
PROVINCIAL INTAKE
Opened N/A
Closed January 23, 2019
Total number of project applications received from British Columbia 46
  • Total number of applications being assessed for completeness
0
  • Total number of completed applications under review
0
Total projects approved and announced by Infrastructure Canada 46

Visit Ministry of Municipal Affairs & Housing  or e-mail infra@gov.bc.ca for additional information about the project intake process.

Last Updated: 2020-10-16

  Federal Gas Tax Fund

The Federal Gas Tax Fund delivers over $2 billion every year to over 3600 communities across the country. Communities select how best to direct the funds and have the flexibility to make strategic investments across 18 different project categories. The Federal Gas Tax Fund will provide British Columbia with $559 million for the 2019-20 fiscal year for local infrastructure projects, which includes a top-up announced in Budget 2019.

Disaster Mitigation Adaptation Fund icon Disaster Mitigation Adaptation Fund

The Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund is a $2 billion national merit-based program that supports large-scale infrastructure projects to help communities better manage the risks of disasters triggered by natural hazards. Disaster Mitigation Adaptation Fund projects in British Columbia:

 Smart Cities Challenge

The Smart Cities Challenge is a pan-Canadian competition for communities large and small that encourages communities to adopt a smart cities approach to improve the lives of their residents through innovation, data and connected technology.

Over 200 communities from across Canada participated in the first round of the Challenge, putting forward their ideas, which were adjudicated by an independent jury. In British Columbia, three applicants advanced to the finalist stage of the Challenge. Visit the Map of Applicants for more information.

 Other Infrastructure Canada Programs

The following programsFootnote2 also support impactful infrastructure projects that contribute to a cleaner environment, stronger communities and Canada's economic growth:

  Programs Delivered by Federation of Canadian Municipalities

The Government of Canada and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities are investing in projects across British Columbia to build stronger communities through the following programs:

 Programs Delivered by Other Government Departments and Agencies

Government of Canada investments in infrastructure go beyond Infrastructure Canada, and achieving the objectives of the long-term plan require a collaborative effort. These investments are being made by 14 federal departments and agencies. To find out which programs are available, consult the Investing in Canada plan Funding Update table.