Canada’s prosperity and quality of life depend on a vast network of public infrastructure – from roads and highways, to bridges, transit systems, water and wastewater infrastructure, ports, airports and recreational and cultural facilities. Investments in Canada’s public infrastructure improve productivity and quality of life, and create jobs, growth, and long-term prosperity from coast to coast to coast.
The government announced an additional $5.8 billion dollars in infrastructure projects across the country in areas such as heritage, First Nations education, defence, borders, research facilities, harbours, transportation, and search and rescue. This includes:
- $2.8 billion to support infrastructure improvements to heritage, tourism, waterway and highway assets located within national historic sites, national parks, and national marine conservation areas across Canada;
- $500 million for the repair and construction of on-reserve schools;
- $452 million to repair and upgrade Canadian Armed Forces facilities;
- $440 million to expedite the replacement of border infrastructure;
- Approximately $400 million to maintain, upgrade and construct federally-owned buildings and other assets across Canada;
- $380 million for major repairs and upgrading of federal laboratories and research facilities;
- $288 million for repair and maintenance of small craft harbours;
- $204 million to support enhancements to federally-owned and operated airports as well as improvements to VIA Rail Canada Inc.’s rail infrastructure;
- $191 million to undertake renewal and repairs of heritage and museum sites; and,
- $183 million for the repair and procurement of vessels and small craft for the Canadian Coast Guard and Fisheries and Oceans Canada to support activities including search and rescue, science, and conservation.
This long-term commitment to building and maintaining world-class infrastructure will create jobs and improve the quality of life of all Canadians.