Expanded infrastructure program offers new support for COVID-19 community resilience in British Columbia
“Communities across British Columbia are on the frontlines of fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. This flexible infrastructure funding will make it easier to build projects that will allow people to safely stay active outdoors and ensure safety measures exist at places like schools, long-term care facilities and hospitals. Fighting this pandemic has been, and will continue to be, a Team Canada effort to keep everyone safe – and that’s what today’s announcement is all about.”
– The Honorable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Environment and Climate Change
Through the Investing in Canada infrastructure plan, the Government of Canada is investing more than $180 billion over 12 years in public transit projects, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, trade and transportation routes, and Canada’s rural and northern communities.
To support Canadians during the COVID-19 pandemic, the over $33-billion Investing in Canada Infrastructure program now includes a new stream to directly address the pandemic, new eligible project categories, and faster approvals.
The COVID-19 Resilience Stream will help other orders of governments whose finances have been significantly impacted by the pandemic by increasing the federal cost share for public infrastructure projects to 80% in the provinces, and funding 100% of the cost of projects in the territories and for projects with Indigenous recipients.
To be eligible for funding under the COVID-19 Resilience stream, the project’s eligible costs must be under $10 million, construction must be started no later than September 30, 2021, and it must be completed by the end of 2021 (or by the end of 2022 in the territories and in remote communities).
The Investing in Canada Infrastructure program is delivered through bilateral agreements with all provinces and territories to make unprecedented investments in public infrastructure.
Funding delivered through the federal Gas Tax Fund was accelerated this year to provide $2.2 billion in one payment in June to help communities quickly move forward with infrastructure projects that will stabilize local economies.
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Environment and Climate Change Canada
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