On September 10, 2018, Dwight Ball, the Premier of the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador, announced the signing of a bilateral agreement with the Government of Canada under the Investing in Canada Plan that will provide over $555 million in federal funding over the next decade to renew community infrastructure and create new green infrastructure.
“I am very pleased to join Newfoundland and Labrador today for the signing of this agreement as part of our Investing in Canada plan. This funding will make a real difference to Newfoundland and Labrador communities. Residents will enjoy safer roads and highways, improved water and wastewater facilities, and will benefit from new green infrastructure. Long-term investments in infrastructure are key to building a strong Canada–connecting people, creating good jobs for the middle class, and building inclusive communities that will remain competitive in today’s economy and over the next century,” said François-Philippe Champagne, the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities at the Government of Canada.
The Investing in Canada Plan will see the provincial and federal governments make unprecedented investments in public transit, green infrastructure, recreational, cultural, and community infrastructure, as well as rural and northern communities. Additional information regarding the allocations for each of the four streams of the program over 10 years is provided in the backgrounder below.
“The Investing in Canada Plan will see the Governments of Newfoundland and Labrador and Canada make unprecedented investments in community infrastructure. The plan enables our government to deliver on our commitments to residents to provide a better quality of life for residents, prioritizing clean drinking water and wastewater systems, and building quality roads and strong communities,” added Andrew Parsons, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Environment.
The projects supported through this agreement will involve contributions from the provincial, federal, and municipal governments and other partners. A call for applications for potential projects will be made by the Provincial Government in the coming weeks.
This initiative delivers on commitments in The Way Forward to strengthen the province’s economic foundation, enhance efficiency, and deliver better services and better outcomes for residents. The Way Forward outlines all actions the Provincial Government is taking to achieve a strong, diversified province with a high standard of living, and can be viewed at thewayforward.gov.nl.ca.
“We value our collaborative working relationship with our federal counterparts as we continue to ensure that residents are directly benefiting from high quality municipal infrastructure. As we have outlined in The Way Forward, our government continues to leverage all available sources of federal funding, including the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Plan, to maximize investments that will achieve greater efficiency, strengthen the province’s economic foundation, enhance services, and improve outcomes for Newfoundlanders and Labradorians,” concluded Ball.
Photo of St. John’s Newfoundland via Adobe Stock.