Better infrastructure matters for everyone: from shortening commute times so parents can get home faster to their kids, to ensuring that people have clean drinking water and access more to safe and affordable homes. Investing in Canada is our government’s long-term, $186 billion plan to invest in the infrastructure projects Canada needs, and the men and women who can build them.
Since taking office, we’ve approved over 4,000 infrastructure projects across Canada—that’s more than three times what the previous government approved in the last five years of their mandate combined. The Harper Government had a top-down, politicized and rigid approach to infrastructure funding, which led to 10 years of sporadic and insufficient investments. Their approach meant that hundreds of important projects went unbuilt, commutes were longer, and communities didn’t get the roads, bridges, and facilities they needed.
Local decision-making is the driving force behind our plan. Municipalities, provinces and territories are receiving the long-term infrastructure funding they need to plan for the future. Then they decide where and how best to invest the funds to benefit people in their communities most.
Since taking over this project in Nov 2015, we have been working diligently to deliver the new Champlain Bridge. The agreement we have reached with the private proponent, Signature on the St Laurent, will see the bridge open on-time on December 21, 2018.
When we invest in infrastructure, we build neighbourhoods. From buses to roads to public swimming pools, infrastructure keeps communities connected, helps grow businesses, and allows people to live healthier lives. A well-functioning transit system supports middle class jobs, grows the economy, reduces air pollution, and creates inclusive communities.
As part of our government’s Investing in Canada infrastructure plan, we’re investing $28.7 billion in public transit over 12 years to help Canadians get around more efficiently and keep the air we breathe cleaner. Canadians want public transit systems that are modern, efficient, safe, and convenient. Our investments in public transit systems are making it possible for communities to transform the way that Canadians live, work, and move.