Over $555 million available for projects that build prosperous communities and transition to a clean growth economy
ST. JOHN'S, Sept. 10, 2018 /CNW/ -The governments of Canada and Newfoundland and Labrador are working together to make long-term infrastructure investments to create economic growth and well-paid middle-class jobs, build inclusive communities, and support a low carbon green economy—leading to a higher quality of life for all Canadians.
Today, the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities; the Honourable Seamus O'Regan, Minister of Veterans Affairs, and Member of Parliament for St. John's South–Mount Pearl; and the Honourable Dwight Ball, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador announced the signing of a bilateral agreement under the Investing in Canada plan that will provide more than $555 million in federal funding over the next decade for infrastructure projects. The projects supported through this agreement will involve contributions from the provincial government, municipalities and other partners.
The Investing in Canada plan will see the governments of Canada and Newfoundland and Labrador make unprecedented investments in public transit, green infrastructure, recreational cultural, and community infrastructure, as well as rural and northern communities.
These investments will make a positive difference in communities, such as:
- cleaner air and water
- reduced greenhouse gas emissions
- smarter and more efficient cities
- sustainable water management
- enhanced public parks, recreational facilities and other spaces that make communities great places to live
- better transportation and digital infrastructure for people living in remote communities
- faster commute and travel time for more people, and easier movement of goods for businesses
Across Canada, more than $33 billion in federal funding will be invested through these new bilateral agreements with provinces and territories. Provinces and territories will develop three-year plans that will provide information on how they will implement their infrastructure projects.
"I am very pleased to join Newfoundland and Labrador today for the signing of this agreement as part of our Investing in Canada plan. This funding will make a real difference to Newfoundland and Labrador communities. Residents will enjoy safer roads and highways, improved water and wastewater facilities, and will benefit from new green infrastructure. Long-term investments in infrastructure are key to building a strong Canada–connecting people, creating good jobs for the middle class, and building inclusive communities that will remain competitive in today's economy and over the next century."
The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
"Infrastructure investments are vital to the health and wellbeing of all those living and working in Newfoundland and Labrador. This new funding will create good jobs, grow businesses, and provide our province with clean and reliable drinking water, increased green infrastructure, improved recreational and cultural opportunities, and more reliable community services."
The Honourable Seamus O'Regan, Minister of Veterans Affairs, and Member of Parliament for St. John's South–Mount Pearl
"The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador values our collaborative working relationship with the Federal Government as we continue to ensure that residents are directly benefiting from high quality municipal infrastructure. As we have outlined in The Way Forward, our government continues to leverage all available sources of federal funding, including the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Plan, to maximize investments that will achieve greater efficiency, strengthen the province's economic foundation, enhance services, and improve outcomes for Newfoundlanders and Labradorians."
The Honourable Dwight Ball, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador
- Under the Investing in Canada plan, the Government of Canada is investing more than $180 billion over 12 years in public transit projects, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, trade and transportation routes, and Canada's rural and northern communities.
- Under the first phase of the plan, Infrastructure Canada has approved nearly 3,500 projects across Canada worth a combined investment of more than $9.9 billion.
- As part of the Plan, Infrastructure Canada will deliver $33 billion over the next decade through new bilateral agreements with provinces and territories under four funding streams:
- $20.1 billion for public transit;
- $9.2 billion for green infrastructure;
- $1.3 billion for community, cultural and recreational infrastructure; and
- $2 billion for wide-ranging infrastructure needs in rural and northern communities.
- This marks the twelfth new long-term infrastructure agreement the Government of Canada has signed with provincial and territorial partners.
Canada and Newfoundland and Labrador to make significant investments that will improve the lives of Canadians
Supporting new projects that build prosperous communities and transition to a clean growth economy
Under the $180 billion Investing in Canada infrastructure plan, the Government of Canada is signing new bilateral agreements with all provinces and territories, which will see more than $33 billion in federal investment in infrastructure projects across the country. The objective of these investments is to transform the way Canadians live, move and work in four priority areas:
- Public transit;
- Green infrastructure;
- Community, culture, and recreation infrastructure; and
- Rural and northern communities.
Newfoundland and Labrador will receive a total of $555,842,846 from 2018-2028 through this agreement.
Allocations by funding
Expected Outcomes at Project Completion*
$109,071,324 to build new urban transit networks and service extensions that will transform the way Canadians live, move and work.
$302,364,807 to support greenhouse gas emission (GHG) reductions; enable greater adaptation and resilience to the impacts of climate change and climate-related disaster mitigation, and ensure that more communities can provide clean air and safe drinking water for their citizens.
Community, Culture and Recreation Infrastructure
$39,768,539 towards community, culture and recreation infrastructure to build stronger communities and improve social inclusion.
Rural and Northern Communities Infrastructure
$104,638,175 to support projects that improve the quality of life in rural and northern communities by responding to rural and northern specific needs.
* Outcomes will be obtained through projects which will be communicated in more detail as they are announced.
The bilateral agreements will allow the Government of Canada and the provinces and territories to agree on shared results as well as a method of reporting on results on a regular basis. The bilateral agreements support the following long-term results:
- Increase the rate of economic growth in an inclusive and sustainable way;
- Improve environmental quality, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase resiliency of communities;
- Improve mobility in Canadian communities;
- Make Canadian communities more inclusive and accessible; and
- Manage infrastructure in a more sustainable way.
Under these new bilateral agreements, the Government of Canada will not only make significant investments in Canadian communities, but also open the door to unique and innovative project ideas that meet the agreed-upon outcomes. These new ideas will contribute to the long-term sustainability of our infrastructure.
To ensure our partners consider opportunities to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions or better adapt to climate change during the project development stage, a new climate lens will be applied for certain projects. Partners will also report on how larger projects are creating job opportunities for a broader array of Canadians in the construction industry and related sectors through a new Community Employment Benefits framework.
For information on cost-sharing, please see Infrastructure Canada's website.
Investing in Canada - Canada's long-term infrastructure plan:
Investing in Canada plan project map: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/gmap-gcarte/index-eng.html
Federal infrastructure investments in Newfoundland and Labrador: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/map-carte/nl-eng.html
SOURCE Infrastructure Canada
For further information: Kate Monfette, Director of Communications, Office of the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, 613-301-0894, [email protected]; Michelle Cannizzaro, Director of Communications, Office of the Premier, 709-729-3960, [email protected]; Infrastructure Canada, 613-960-9251, Toll free: 1-877-250-7154, Email: [email protected]