Backgrounder: Canada and Nunavut make significant investments that will improve the lives of Northern Canadians

Backgrounder

$566 million available for projects that build prosperous communities and transition to a clean growth economy

Under the $180 billion Investing in Canada infrastructure plan, the Government of Canada is signing new bilateral agreements with all provinces and territories, which will see more than $33 billion in federal investment towards significant infrastructure projects across the country. The objective of these investments is to transform the way Canadians live, move and work in four priority areas:

  • Green infrastructure;
  • Community, culture, and recreation infrastructure;
  • Rural and northern communities; and
  • Public transit.

Nunavut's Funding Allocations

The table below shows the allocations for Nunavut by funding stream from 2018-2028 which amounts to $566,761,621.

Funding Stream

Allocation

Expected Outcomes at Project Completion*

Green Infrastructure

$207,079,637 to support greenhouse gas emission (GHG) reductions; enable greater adaptation and resilience to the impacts of climate change and climate-related disaster mitigation, and ensure that more communities can provide clean air and safe drinking water for their citizens.

  • Increased capacity to manage more renewable energy
  • Increased access to clean energy transportation
  • Increased energy efficiency of buildings
  • Increased generation of clean energy
  • Increased structural capacity and increased natural capacity to adapt to climate change impacts, natural disasters and extreme weather events
  • Increased capacity to treat and manage wastewater and stormwater
  • Increased access to potable water
  • Increased capacity to reduce or remediate soil and air pollutants

Community, Culture and Recreation Infrastructure

$26,021,405 towards community, culture and recreation infrastructure to build stronger communities and improve social inclusion.

  • Improved access to and increased quality of community, cultural and recreational infrastructure for Canadians, including Indigenous Peoples and vulnerable populations

Rural and Northern Communities Infrastructure

$327,592,915 to support projects that improve the quality of life in rural and northern communities by responding to rural and northern specific needs.

This includes $152,592,915 under the rural and northern component and $175,000,000 under the Arctic Energy Fund that will address energy security in the territories.

Given that Nunavut does not have public transit systems, an additional $6,067,664 (the territorial allocation based on population) will be managed under the Rural and Northern Communities Infrastructure stream.

  • Improved food security
  • Improved and more reliable road, air and marine infrastructure
  • Improved broadband connectivity
  • More efficient and reliable energy (The Arctic Energy Fund can only be applied to this outcome.)
  • Improved education and health facilities that benefit Indigenous peoples (specific to Truth and Reconciliation Commission)

* Outcomes will be obtained through projects which will be communicated in more details as they are announced.

The bilateral agreement will allow the Government of Canada and Nunavut to agree on shared results as well as a method of reporting on results on a regular basis. The bilateral agreement supports the following long-term results:

  • Increase the rate of economic growth in an inclusive and sustainable way;
  • Improve environmental quality, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase resiliency of communities;
  • Improve mobility in Canadian communities;
  • Make Canadian communities more inclusive and accessible; and
  • Manage infrastructure in a more sustainable way.

Under this new bilateral agreement, the Government of Canada will not only make significant investments in Canadian communities, but also open the door to unique and innovative project ideas that meet the agreed-upon outcomes. These new ideas will contribute to the long-term sustainability of our infrastructure.

In order to ensure our partners consider opportunities to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions or better adapt to climate change during the project development stage, a new climate lens will be applied for certain projects. Additionally, partners will also report on how larger projects are creating job opportunities for a broader array of Canadians in the construction industry and related sectors through a new Community Employment Benefits framework.

For information on cost-sharing, please see Infrastructure Canada's website.


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