Ottawa, Ontario, June 25, 2021— Infrastructure is central to the daily life of every Canadian, and keeps our economy moving and communities thriving, and will play a massive role in our country’s ability to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050. Dollars spent in infrastructure need to achieve triple benefits: grow our economy and create jobs, tackle climate change and build a more resilient and inclusive country for all.
The Government of Canada is committed to openness and transparency to improving its online services based on feedback from Canadians. To that end, information on investments made in communities across Canada under the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program is published on a regular basis through a range of online tools—such as an online project map, a web-based funding table, and regular progress reporting. As of today, we are also now providing the status of Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP) project funding applications currently under review on our website.
Today, The Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities announced another step in our commitment to Open, Transparent and Accountable Government, fulfilling a mandate commitment to Ensure that Canadians have access to accurate and timely information about infrastructure investments in their communities. Starting June 25, Infrastructure Canada will publish on its website the project funding applications it receives from provinces and territories (PT) under the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program. Information is updated on a weekly basis when project lists are received from PTs.
Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Infrastructure Canada has approved more than 3,600 projects, representing more than $9.9 billion in federal investments—and has committed over an additional $17 billion to support public transit, green and inclusive buildings, and other community infrastructure projects. In total, more than 9700 infrastructure projects have been approved since 2015, representing more than $38 billion in federal contributions.
Across the country, the Government of Canada’s investments in modern infrastructure are helping to build efficient public transportation systems, provide clean drinking water for families, increase access to high-speed internet for residents and businesses, and build inclusive communities.
From better ventilation in Ontario schools, to a new arbour in the community of Kakisa, Northwest Territories, an aquatic complex in Laval, Quebec, hospital upgrades in Charlottetown, PEI, and refurbished West Coast Express Trains in BC – the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program is creating jobs, growing the economy, and building cleaner and more inclusive communities from coast to coast to coast.