Infrastructure Canada offers $3.3 billion for pandemic-resilient projects
Projects will include retrofits for schools and upgrades to hospitals and long-term care homes.
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Earlier today, federal minister of infrastructure and communities Catherine McKenna (pictured) announced adjustments to the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program to help ensure federal funding supports a range of pandemic-resilient projects at the province and territory level.
“Our government recognizes, with the challenges presented by COVID-19, we need to support Canadians to protect their health, improve their quality of life and create jobs,” says McKenna.
The goal of Infrastructure Canada’s new COVID-19 resilience funding stream, worth up to $3.3 billion, is to make public buildings and infrastructure safer for use during the health and economic crisis, e.g. retrofitting schools, upgrading hospitals and long-term care homes and building new parks and paths. Other changes, such as disaster mitigation projects to protect against floods and fires, will support longer-term sustainability goals.
The projects will be eligible for a larger federal cost share than before—up to 80% for provinces, municipalities and not-for-profit organizations and 100% for designated remote, northern and territorial projects—and a simplified funding application process and accelerated approvals aim to get them underway as soon as possible.
The following are the maximum allocations from the new stream:
- Newfoundland and Labrador: $55,584,285
- Prince Edward Island: $36,697,732
- Nova Scotia: $82,849,316
- New Brunswick: $67,321,757
- Quebec: $753,593,792
- Ontario: $1,184,648,346
- Manitoba: $117,207,615
- Saskatchewan: $89,632,301
- Alberta: $339,785,704
- British Columbia: $412,968,016
- Yukon: $44,561,730
- Northwest Territories: $57,077,683
- Nunavut: $56,676,162
Meanwhile, Infrastructure Canada’s eligibility criteria have been expanded for projects in other streams, such as inter-city transit and rural broadband communications infrastructure, that can be started before Sept. 30.