Backgrounder: Canada and Saskatchewan making significant investments to improve the lives of residents


Canada and Saskatchewan making significant investments to improve the lives of residents

New agreement signed to support infrastructure projects and strengthen communities across the province

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

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

Saskatchewan will receive a total of $896,323,007 from Canada from 2018 to 2028 through the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP)agreement.

Allocations by funding stream

Funding Stream Allocation Expected Outcomes at Project Completion*
Public Transit $307,871,025 to build new urban transit networks and service extensions that will transform the way Canadians live, move and work.
  • Improved capacity of public transit infrastructure
  • Improved quality and safety of existing and future transit systems
  • Improved access to public transit systems
Green Infrastructure $416,334,673 to reduce greenhouse gas emissions; enable greater adaptation and resilience to the impacts of climate change and climate-related disaster mitigation; and ensure that more communities can provide residents with clean air and safe drinking water.
  • 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 storm water
  • Increased access to potable water
  • Increased capacity to reduce or remediate soil and air pollutants
Community, Culture and Recreation Infrastructure $56,211,382 to build stronger more inclusive communities with enhanced community, cultural and recreational infrastructure.
  • 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 $115,905,927 for projects to improve the quality of life in rural and northern communities by responding to their specific needs.
  • Improved food security
  • Improved and more reliable road, air and marine infrastructure
  • Improved broadband connectivity
  • More efficient and reliable energy
  • 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 detail as they are announced.

The bilateral agreements will allow the Government of Canada and the provinces and territories to agree on shared results as well as a method of regular reporting on results. The bilateral agreements support the following long-term goals:

  • increase economic growth in an inclusive sustainable way;
  • improve environmental quality, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase the resiliency of communities against climate change;
  • improve mobility in Canadian communities;
  • make Canadian communities more inclusive and accessible; and
  • manage infrastructure in a more sustainable way.

Under these new bilateral agreements, the Government of Canada will also open the door to unique innovative project ideas that meet the agreed-upon outcomes and contribute to the long-term sustainability of our infrastructure.

To ensure 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 to certain projects. 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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