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Projects to build prosperous communities

The governments of Canada and Alberta are working together to make long-term infrastructure investments that will create economic growth, sustain well-paying jobs, build inclusive communities and support a low carbon, green economy – leading to a higher quality of life for all Canadians.

Projects to build prosperous communities

Alberta Infrastructure Minister Sandra Jansen and Minister of Infrastructure and Communities Amarjeet Sohi sign the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Plan bilateral agreement.

Today, Amarjeet Sohi, federal Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and Sandra Jansen, Minister of Alberta Infrastructure, announced the signing of a bilateral agreement that will provide more than $3.3 billion in federal funding through the Investing in Canada plan over the next decade for infrastructure projects. These projects will be cost-shared with the Alberta government, municipalities and other partners.

This new funding will see the Government of Canada and the Government of Alberta make unprecedented investments in public transit, green infrastructure, recreational, cultural, and community infrastructure, as well as rural and northern communities.

These investments will have benefits for people in communities across the province, including:

  • faster commutes and travel times for more people, and easier movement of goods for businesses
  • 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

The funding builds on Alberta’s 2018 Capital Plan, which commits $26.6 billion over five years to support priority infrastructure projects across the province.

Across Canada, more than $33 billion in federal funding will be invested through 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 pleased that Alberta and the Government of Canada have reached an agreement that will benefit communities across the province for years to come. Investments in infrastructure are key to building a strong Canada – connecting people, creating good jobs for the middle class, and strengthening our economy and our communities for the future. Today’s agreement will provide the long-term predictable funding required to meet the needs of all Albertans, from those living in busy city centres to remote rural towns. I look forward to continuing to work with our provincial, municipal and Indigenous partners to make strategic investments in Alberta that will build inclusive resilient communities where everyone has opportunities to succeed.”

Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

“This historic infrastructure agreement provides communities of every size across Alberta the opportunity to drive economic growth and support families and businesses. This $3.3-billion investment in Alberta will support public transit, green infrastructure, cultural and recreational buildings, and help build rural and northern communities.”

Sandra Jansen, Minister of Alberta Infrastructure

Quick facts

  • 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 $8.4 billion, including projects worth more than $1.1 billion in Alberta.
  • 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.
    • The federal cost-share under the rural and northern infrastructure stream was increased from 50 per cent to 60 per cent on February 16, 2018. With this increase, provincial communities with fewer than 5000 residents will be eligible to receive a higher proportion of federal funding to address their unique infrastructure needs. Indigenous communities in the provinces will be eligible for a federal cost share of up to 75 per cent,
  • This marks the sixth new long-term infrastructure agreement the Government of Canada has signed with provincial and territorial partners.

Backgrounder

Under the $180-billion Investing in Canada infrastructure plan, the Government of Canada is signing new 10-year bilateral agreements with all provinces and territories that will see more than $33 billion in federal funding invested in infrastructure projects across the country. The objective of these investments is to transform the way Canadians live, move and work across four priority areas:

  • Public transit
  • Green infrastructure
  • Community, culture, and recreation infrastructure
  • Rural and northern communities

Alberta will receive a total of $3,397,857,039 from 2018 to 2028 through this agreement.

Allocations by funding stream

Funding Stream

Allocation

Expected Outcomes at Project Completion*

Public Transit

$2,096,548,228 to build new urban transit networks and service extensions that will transform the way Canadians live, move and work.

  • Improved capacity of public transit infrastructure
  • Improved quality and safety of existing and future transit systems
  • Improved access to public transit systems

Green Infrastructure

$1,001,082,871 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.

  • Increased capacity to manage more renewable energy
  • Increased access to clean energy transportation
  • Increased energy efficiency of buildings
  • Increased generation of clean energy
  • Increased structural capacity and increased natural capacity to adapt to climate change impacts, natural disasters and extreme weather events
  • Increased capacity to treat and manage wastewater and storm water
  • Increased access to potable water
  • Increased capacity to reduce or remediate soil and air pollutants

Community, Culture and Recreation Infrastructure

$140,575,109 towards community, culture and recreation infrastructure to build stronger communities and improve social inclusion.

  • Improved access to and increased quality of community, cultural and recreational infrastructure for Canadians, including  Indigenous Peoples and vulnerable populations

Rural and Northern Communities Infrastructure

$159,650,831 to support projects that improve the quality of life in rural and northern communities by responding to rural and northern specific needs.

  • Improved food security
  • Improved and more reliable road, air and marine infrastructure
  • Improved broadband connectivity
  • More efficient and reliable energy
  • Improved education and health facilities that benefit Indigenous peoples (specific to Truth and Reconciliation Commission)

* Outcomes will be obtained through projects, which will be communicated in more details 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 regularly reporting on results on a regular basis. The bilateral agreements support the following long-term goals:

  • 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
  • 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 open the door to unique 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 to 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.

Alberta’s Transit Allocation (by community)

The Public Transit stream will provide provinces, territories and municipalities with funding to address the new construction, expansion, and improvement and rehabilitation of public transit infrastructure.

The table below provides an overview of the maximum federal transit allocations for the following recipients in Alberta

Recipient

Maximum Transit Allocation

Calgary

$1,089,076,848

Edmonton

$877,984,551

Note that other recipients of transit allocations will be announced at a later date.

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