Subject: News Releases
Date: 20 Oct 2000 11:39:18 -0400
Prime Minister Announces the signing of the Infrastructure Canada-Ontario
Partnership and Investments of More Than $2.5 Billion in Ontario
Communities PRIME MINISTER ANNOUNCES THE SIGNING OF THE
INFRASTRUCTURE CANADA-ONTARIO PARTNERSHIP AND
INVESTMENTS OF MORE THAN $2.5 BILLION IN ONTARIO
October 20, 2000
Today, Prime Minister Jean Chrétien, accompanied by Premier Mike Harris of
Ontario, as well as by the Honourable David Collenette, Minister of Transport
for Canada and Minister responsible for the Greater Toronto Area, and by the
Honourable Ernie Eves, Minister of Finance and Deputy Premier of Ontario,
announced the signing of the Infrastructure Canada - Ontario Partnership
Agreement in Toronto.
"This is great news for the people of Ontario," said Prime Minister Chrétien.
"This agreement - just like the ones we now have signed with all the other
provinces - will generate new investments that will improve the quality of life
of millions of Canadians in communities across Canada. This is the kind of
team work Canadians want and deserve from their governments"
Under this agreement the Government of Canada will invest over $680 million
over six years, to complement the Government of Ontario’s SuperBuild
investment of $1.9 billion over five years in Ontario’s community
infrastructure. This combined investment of more than $2.5 billion will be used
to partner with Ontario’s municipalities through the Government of Ontario’s
An important priority of the Infrastructure Canada - Ontario partnership is
green municipal infrastructure, particularly water and sewer systems. Other
priorities for the Infrastructure Canada - Ontario partnership include sport,
culture and tourism infrastructure.
As part of its commitment to undertake initiatives that make a long-term
contribution to a dynamic economy, the federal government has allocated
$2.65 billion for its share of a new cost-shared physical infrastructure
program. Infrastructure Canada deals with municipal infrastructure. A strategic
highways component, with funding of up to $600 million of the total allocation,
is administered by Transport Canada.
Through the Infrastructure Canada partnership, federal, provincial, territorial
and municipal governments will invest a total of $6 billion in municipal
infrastructure in urban and rural communities across Canada. -30-
PMO Press Office: (613) 957-5555 Visit the Infrastructure Canada Web Site:
Infrastructure Canada - Program Fact Sheet
In the last Budget, the Government of Canada announced $2.65 billion for
physical infrastructure. Of this amount, up to $600 million will be allocated to
strategic highways infrastructure to be administered by Transport Canada. With
contributions from our provincial, territorial and municipal partners, and the
private sector, Infrastructure Canada will generate at least $6 billion in total
The Government of Canada will contribute up to one-third of the cost of
individual projects. This contribution could be higher in some instances, as
long as Government of Canada funding does not exceed one-third of the total
cost of projects funded in a given fiscal year.
The Infrastructure Canada program is based on partnerships with provincial
and territorial governments and municipal associations. All orders of
government have played an important part in the design of this new program.
Infrastructure Canada has been designed with a bottom-up approach.
Accordingly, municipalities will play an important role in the program. The
majority of projects will be selected from proposals submitted by
municipalities to ensure that the most pressing local needs will be addressed.
The federal and provincial governments may also propose projects, up to a
maximum of 20 per cent of the Infrastructure Canada funds, to ensure that
regional projects, involving more than one municipality, are not overlooked.
Initial consultations with provinces and territories, municipal associations and
other stakeholders confirmed a commitment on the part of all jurisdictions to
make a long-term contribution to improving the quality of life and building a
more dynamic economy for Canadians.
Infrastructure Canada’s first priority is green municipal infrastructure.
Investments within the "green" envelope will include projects related to water
and wastewater systems, water management, solid waste management and
recycling, and capital expenditures to retrofit or improve the energy efficiency
of buildings and facilities owned by local governments.
The Infrastructure Canada-Ontario agreement specifies a minimum 40 per
cent of the total value of all approved projects must be invested in green
Secondary priorities of the program include cultural and recreational
facilities, infrastructure supporting tourism, rural and remote
telecommunications, high-speed Internet access for local public institutions,
local transportation and affordable housing.
To ensure the infrastructure needs of rural communities are considered, a
minimum 15 per cent of total approved costs for all projects in Ontario must
be invested in projects proposed by rural municipalities.
As a next step towards the implementation of the Infrastructure Canada
program, a management committee will be established in each jurisdiction,
with equal representation from the federal and provincial or territorial
The management committee will accept and process project applications
submitted by municipal governments in each jurisdiction. Information about
how to submit project applications will be available soon. For More
Information: Visit the Infrastructure Canada Web Site: http://www.tbs-sct.gc.ca/ino-bni
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