Canada's Economic Action Plan provides approximately $16 billion over two years to modernize a broad range of infrastructure including our roads, bridges, public transit, parks and water treatment facilities, and to support home ownership, help stimulate the housing sector and improve housing across Canada. These investments will help create and maintain jobs across Canada for the benefit of all Canadians, and will ensure the country emerges from the economic downturn with a more modern and greener infrastructure.
|(millions of dollars)|
|Investments in provincial, territorial and municipal infrastructure||1,897||4,045||5,941|
|Investments in First Nations Infrastructure||233||282||515|
|Investments in federal infrastructure projects||475||254||729|
|Stimulating Housing Construction|
|Support for home ownership and the housing sector||530||2,840||345||3,715|
|Investments in social housing for Canadians||1,025||1,050||2,075|
|Subtotal—Stimulating Housing Construction||530||3,865||1,395||5,790|
|Total—Building Infrastructure to Create Jobs||530||6,469||5,975||12,975|
|Total stimulus value||8,504||7,498||16,002|
|With provincial contributions||11,233||12,478||23,712|
|Notes: Totals may not add due to rounding. This table represents the fiscal cost of measures taken in the Economic Action Plan. For some measures, a fiscal cost accrues in 2008–09. The stimulus value reflects projected cash expenditures. The budgetary impact may be somewhat smaller because some of these expenditures relate to construction and renovation costs of federal assets (for which only depreciation is recorded on a budgetary basis) and loans to third parties (where there is a budgetary impact only in the event that there is a risk of loss).|
As part of Canada's Economic Action Plan, the Government of Canada has partnered with provincial, territorial and municipal governments in a concerted national effort to stimulate economic activity and create jobs.
The Government's contribution to this effort has been both considerable and comprehensive. In particular, $6.4 billion in new funding over two years was made available for provincial, territorial and municipal infrastructure. Most of this new funding was used to launch new funds such as the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund, the Green Infrastructure Fund and Recreational Infrastructure Canada, which together are supporting thousands of projects across Canada. In addition, new funding has also been provided through top-ups or advances to existing Building Canada initiatives.
As well, by cutting red tape and streamlining approvals, the Government has fast-tracked billions of dollars in existing funding under the seven-year (2007–2014) Building Canada plan.
This funding is also being invested in record time. In the 250 days since the launch of Canada's Economic Action Plan, the Government has committed more than $9 billion towards over 6,700 provincial, territorial and municipal infrastructure projects. When combined with contributions from other orders of government and other funding partners, this results in a total commitment of more than $25.8 billion for projects across Canada. Indeed, virtually every community in Canada has enjoyed a direct or indirect benefit from these projects.
As a result of actions by provinces, territories and municipalities, work has already begun or been completed on approximately 3,500 projects, or more than half of the projects announced to date. These projects have a total value in excess of $8.3 billion. They are creating and maintaining jobs in every province and territory, and virtually no part of Canada has been untouched by this effort. These totals will grow further in the coming months, as we enter the second full construction season for these initiatives.
Canada's Economic Action Plan identified priority projects in each province and territory that could receive federal support through the Building Canada plan and be expedited over the next two construction seasons. Since the release of the Economic Action Plan, all of these priority projects have received funding commitments from the Government.
Work on a number of these priority projects is now well underway, including on improvements to the Trans-Canada Highway in Newfoundland and Labrador, the Summerside Wind Energy Project in Prince Edward Island, the Fundy Trail Parkway in New Brunswick, road upgrades in the Québec City metropolitan area, upgrades to water and sewer systems across the province of Quebec, Telus World of Science in Calgary, Alberta, the Yellowknife bypass in the Northwest Territories, and the Piqqusilirivvik cultural facility in Nunavut.
With over 50 per cent of the trail work already completed, this $10-million project is well on its way to meeting its June 30, 2010 projected completion date. This pristine coastal destination in the Bay of Fundy region of New Brunswick is already attracting more tourism to the area.
Funded under the Provincial/Territorial Base Fund, this $32-million initiative consists of building a new cultural centre that will be used by Elders to provide youth with the opportunity to maintain their cultural values. The facility will play a vital role in the promotion and preservation of Inuit culture, language and heritage for future generations. It will link Inuit to their land, protect their collective history through stories and songs, and be a physical conduit in the passage of cultural heritage to future generations. The programming will consist of hands-on training in areas such as language, arts, Inuit laws, values and beliefs, stories, legends, hunting and survival. This facility is expected to be completed by December 2010.
The construction of the Yellowknife Bypass Road will provide a safe and secure secondary access route into and out of the City of Yellowknife. It will eliminate heavy truck traffic from city streets designed for carrying passenger vehicles, provide access to the city's new industrial lands, and protect residential and commercial areas from accidental hazardous materials spills. The project is funded under the Provincial/Territorial Base Fund with a total eligible project cost of $7 million. It has created 15 jobs in the area and is expected to create more jobs by the time it is completed in the summer of 2010.
In 2007, the Government of Canada established the seven-year, $33-billion Building Canada plan, which consists of a comprehensive range of initiatives that help provinces, territories and municipalities meet their pressing public infrastructure needs. These other orders of government are ultimately responsible for managing these projects, including the issuance of tenders, the awarding of contracts, and the timely progression to physical construction.
To ensure that the benefits of this stimulus package are realized as quickly as possible, the Government of Canada has introduced changes to the federal regulatory framework to drive efficiencies in assessing environmental and other impacts of infrastructure projects without compromising environmental protection.
With these changes, the time needed to provide federal approvals for major projects is being shortened by up to 12 months. This is allowing construction to begin more quickly. Many smaller community projects are also benefiting from this streamlining, which is allowing work to begin immediately.
To provide further economic stimulus, Canada's Economic Action Plan accelerated and topped up a number of Building Canada initiatives. Since the release of the Economic Action Plan in January, the Government has:
These results are a testament to the high degree of cooperation that has been shown in the implementation of Canada's Economic Action Plan by the Government of Canada, provinces, territories and municipalities across Canada.
In Newfoundland and Labrador, construction crews have been hard at work completing the rehabilitation of five important sections of the Trans-Canada Highway. Almost $13 million will be provided by the federal government to improve approximately 77 kilometres of the highway, creating over 250 jobs.
This $1.4-million resurfacing project, in which the federal government is investing over $460,000, is well underway and is expected to reach completion by fall 2010. Work to rebuild the surface infrastructure and resurface the road will improve vehicle flow throughout the city and reduce commuter traffic in the commercial district.
This $43-million project is underway to improve the Desjardins and Guilmour drinking water filtration plants. The federal government is providing over $10.8 million for work that will modernize the installation and ultimately increase the water production capacity as well as the supply and safety of drinking water to the area.
This $28-million project will help improve the West Coast Express commuter rail service between Vancouver and Mission with the purchase of seven additional cars, along with upgrades to the Waterfront and Mission stations to accommodate longer trains and provide enhanced passenger access. The federal contribution to this project totals $9 million."This program clearly demonstrates the value of the partnership between the federal government, the province and TransLink in delivering improvements to Metro Vancouver's transportation system.... Our intention is to put the dollars to work as soon as possible."
— Dale Parker, Chair, TransLink
To complement the acceleration of existing Building Canada initiatives, Canada's Economic Action Plan also included new funding initiatives that seek to further stimulate investment in provincial, territorial and municipal infrastructure and thus create more jobs.
Infrastructure Stimulus Fund: The Economic Action Plan made $4 billion available over two years for a new Infrastructure Stimulus Fund. This Fund specifically targets provincial, territorial, municipal and community infrastructure projects that are construction-ready and would not have otherwise been built in the next two years without funding from the federal government. By providing funding on a cost-shared basis, the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund levers additional contributions from other partners and is thus able to generate a much greater overall stimulative effect to the Canadian economy through infrastructure spending.
The Government has worked closely with its partners to rapidly green-light projects for approval so that they can get underway. To date, over $3.6 billion out of the $4 billion in federal funding available under the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund has been committed. However, provinces and territories have committed funding at different rates. The Government has set a deadline of January 29, 2010, by which time provinces and territories must commit all remaining funds. This will ensure that uncommitted stimulus funding can be put to work quickly for the benefit of all Canadians.
Under the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund, all available funding in 2009–10 and 2010–11 must be committed to projects by January 29, 2010. To date, more than 90 per cent of the $4 billion available under the Fund has been committed to projects across the country.
The Infrastructure Stimulus Fund approved its first projects 10 weeks after it was announced in Budget 2009, with a joint commitment of $300 million for urban and rural communities by the federal government, the Government of British Columbia, and other partners across the province. The Federation of Canadian Municipalities has stated "the infrastructure stimulus plan was rolled out faster than any previous cost-shared infrastructure program."
This project announcement, like all project announcements made under the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund, is one of the most important steps in the funding process. The announcement signals that the project has been fully approved by the federal government, and that costs can be incurred and work begun by provinces, territories and municipalities on that very day.
This can be for contracting, engineering, environmental work or construction. Once provinces, territories or municipalities start incurring these costs and submit a bill to the federal government, the federal government pays for its share of the costs within 30 days of receiving completed claims. The speed at which the federal funds flow depends on when these claims are submitted, but this does not impact when a project is started or completed or jobs are created.
Across Canada, approximately 3,200 Infrastructure Stimulus Fund projects with a total value of more than $8.3 billion (taking into account contributions from provinces, territories, municipalities and other partners) have been announced. Based on reports provided by provinces and territories to date, work has begun on close to 1,400 of these projects, worth approximately $3.8 billion, including:
In British Columbia:
With a streamlined online application process, municipal projects in Ontario were approved in record time. Ontario municipalities were given the green light by Ontario and Canada to begin construction on almost 1,200 approved projects on June 5, 2009, just over one month after the deadline for applications closed.
In New Brunswick:
In Nova Scotia:
In Prince Edward Island:
In Newfoundland and Labrador:
The construction of a new grade-separated interchange will improve safety, enhance transit and improve access to the Victoria International Airport along the principal north-south corridor in the Saanich Peninsula. The federal government is providing $10.5 million to this $23.3-million project.
These recently completed road improvement projects are helping increase the efficiency of the local transportation network system, enhance public safety, and significantly reduce the risk of accidents. Undertaken by the City of Regina, the projects benefited from a total federal contribution of $421,846 under the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund. They included the replacement of existing sidewalks, curbs and gutters in various locations, as well as the repair of existing manholes, catch basins and water valves. Some of the existing tarmac was also milled off and replaced with new asphalt.
The Manitoba Centennial Centre is a long-standing and important cultural and performing arts complex located in the heart of Winnipeg. The Government of Canada is contributing $2.5 million under the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund to support capital repairs that will help restore the aging complex and ensure the safety and comfort of visiting patrons, staff and tenants. Better infrastructure to support performances at the centre, as well as improvements to the building, grounds and parking facilities, will be made possible through this project funding.
The Wellman Lake Water Treatment Plant, which is located in a central Manitoba park, has reached the end of its expected life expectancy. Through the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund, the Government of Canada is contributing $100,000 to upgrade deteriorating infrastructure and address environmental and public safety concerns. The improvements will also help ensure that the facility can handle increasing demands, including from a nearby campground expansion.
This new $25-million emergency training facility in Hamilton, Ontario, will help train firefighters, will house a new shooting range for police, and will accommodate a proper training facility for the city's medical personnel. The federal government is investing over $8 million in this building, which will be the central point for the city's emergency control group when it is dealing with an emergency situation.
This $52-million transit project will improve environmentally friendly transit and reduce road congestion. This road work, with a federal contribution of over $17 million, will link this area of the city to the bus-only road network known as the "Transitway," encouraging people to take public transit and reducing road congestion for commuters.
This $45-million investment, of which the federal government will contribute up to $15 million, will serve to optimize the Relance terminal of the Port of Sept-Îles. The work is intended to improve harbour operations, in particular by increasing storage capacity for natural resources and the pier's shipping capacity for aluminum. This project adds to an investment of $4.5 million to modernize Pier 30 of the Port of Sept-Îles announced in July 2009 by the Government of Canada and the Port. This support for the mining industry will have medium- and long-term benefits for the economy of the Sept-Îles region and for all of Quebec.
With funding from the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund, these highway projects, which have a total cost of $4.2 million, will assist in extending the life of the highways while improving road safety. The federal government contributed over $2.1 million towards the projects, which resulted in the creation of over 80 jobs and improved the highways for the benefit and safety of New Brunswick's drivers.
In August construction began on Phase 1 of the Charlottetown Perimeter Highway project. The three-phase project will expand the highway from two lanes to four and improve sections of the road to better accommodate rush hour traffic. The federal government is funding $3.75 million of this $7.5-million project. Over the course of the project it is estimated that over 90 jobs will be created."This project will improve efficiency along one of the busiest sections of highway on Prince Edward Island. But beyond that, projects like these provide jobs and boost the economy on the Island. The Government of Prince Edward Island is very pleased to have been able to partner with the federal government to make these highway expansions a reality."
— Ron MacKinley, Minister of Transportation and Public Works, Prince Edward Island
Green Infrastructure Fund: Announced in Canada's Economic Action Plan, the Green Infrastructure Fund targets infrastructure projects that improve the quality of the environment and help Canada transition to a more sustainable economy. Project priorities include green energy generation and transmission infrastructure, new and upgraded wastewater treatment systems, and better solid waste management.
Using the Green Infrastructure Fund, the Government has announced a number of key investments in green infrastructure. This includes $71 million in funding to help upgrade the Mayo B hydro generation facility and complete the Carmacks-Stewart transmission line in the Yukon, as well as $130 million for the construction of the Northwest Transmission Line in northern British Columbia.
On November 6, 2009, the Government of Canada announced a total of $118 million from the Green Infrastructure Fund for six major improvements to wastewater facilities in Ontario.
The Government is working to ensure that funding under the Green Infrastructure Fund is spent effectively. The Government expects that the bulk of the first two years of funding under the program would be spent in 2010–11.
National Recreational Trails: The Economic Action Plan also provides $25 million in funding to the National Trails Coalition to help build and renew recreational trails for walking, running, cross-country skiing and biking, as well as snowmobile and all-terrain vehicle trails. Approximately 500 projects have been selected for funding and work will be completed by March 2010.
Recreational Infrastructure Canada: Hockey arenas, soccer fields, tennis courts and swimming pools provide Canadians and their families with the benefits of physical activity and community-based experience. Many of these facilities were built in 1967 to mark Canada's Centennial year and are in need of renewal. Upgrading existing community recreational facilities and constructing new ones will provide much-needed economic stimulus, while providing Canadians in all regions with better facilities in which to play, relax and build community life. This is why the Economic Action Plan provides $500 million over two years to create the Recreational Infrastructure Canada (RInC) program, supporting the construction of new facilities and upgrades to existing ones across the country.
In 2009–10, $250 million was made available in 2009–10 for RInC. To date, approximately $170 million under this program has been committed to 1,540 projects across the country. Of these, work has started on over 800 projects. Approximately $39 million in 2009–10 funding for the RInC program will be transferred to 2010–11 to ensure that the best eligible projects will receive support. The Government is working diligently to ensure that the full two-year funding available under Recreational Infrastructure Canada is put to effective use. All projects must be completed by March 31, 2011. To ensure a quick take-up of uncommitted funding, the Government has set the deadline of January 29, 2010, by which time all funds must be committed.
$600,000 has been committed to the Town of Carman to undertake the rehabilitation of the Carman Dufferin Arena by removing and replacing the arena roof, and performing upgrades to the building in order to meet fire code regulations. The project will create 84 person-months of employment.
Approximately $705,000 has been committed to a $2.9-million renovation of the Collège d'Alma's soccer-football field, including the construction of a shelter and change facilities for players and stands accommodating up to 1,000 people. Federal funding was matched by the Government of Quebec. The City of Alma, Collège d'Alma and Commission scolaire du Lac-Saint-Jean are also contributing funding.
$238,508 in RInC funding has been received by the Town of Trenton, Nova Scotia, to replace and upgrade equipment at the Trenton Arena. The project will provide approximately 15 person-months of employment and maintain three full-time positions and several seasonal part-time positions.
Public-Private Partnerships (P3s): PPP Canada's first call for project proposals closed on October 30, 2009 and potential P3 projects were received from provincial, territorial, municipal and First Nations proponents from across the country. PPP Canada is currently engaged in ongoing dialogue with proponents while expeditiously reviewing and evaluating all of the proposals with a view to providing timely investment decisions in due course. Additional information can be found at www.p3canada.ca.
To further build the infrastructure necessary for healthy First Nations communities, the Economic Action Plan provides $515 million over two years, including $260 million in 2009–10, to support construction and renovation of schools, water and wastewater projects and critical community infrastructure, such as health and police facilities in First Nations communities. These infrastructure projects mean needed education facilities such as new classrooms, upgraded libraries and resource centres, science and computer rooms, auditoriums, soccer fields, tracks, landscaping and play facilities, as well as improved access to safe drinking water and quality health care facilities for First Nations communities. These investments are sparking job creation on reserve and in remote and rural communities.
Time-intensive pre-construction requirements related to tendering and design, as well as the short construction season in remote and northern communities, have delayed some projects. As a result, $27 million of the $260 million in funding provided for First Nations infrastructure this year will be spent in 2010–11. The full amount of funding should be spent in 2010–11, as the pre-construction phase of the majority of projects should be completed early in 2010, allowing them to benefit from a full construction season.
Of the funding for infrastructure in First Nations, projects have begun in the following priority areas:
First Nations Schools: Funding has been committed for 12 school projects in First Nations communities. Since September, construction has begun on 2 new school projects, bringing to 6 the overall number of projects under construction. Three additional projects have gone to tender. Two are expected to go to tender by early 2010 and the final project by mid-year. A total of 10 projects should be under construction by March 2010.
Safe Water Systems: 18 water and wastewater projects in First Nations communities have been announced. Work on 2 new projects has begun since September, for a total of 9 projects that have begun construction work. An additional 2 projects have gone to tender and 5 are expected to go to tender by early 2010, with a total of 14 projects expected to be under construction by March 2010.
First Nations Health Services Infrastructure: Since September, work has begun on 12 new projects to build health facilities and nurses' residences in First Nations. This brings the total number of projects underway to 19. An additional 7 projects to build health facilities and nurses' residences have gone to tender, and additional projects are expected to go to tender and begin construction by March 2010. Numerous renovation projects are also advancing to improve existing First Nations health infrastructure.
First Nations Policing Infrastructure: Since September, an additional 4 projects to remediate critical policing infrastructure in First Nations communities have been negotiated with provinces and First Nations, with a total of 12 projects that have begun. Discussions with provinces and First Nations continue to identify additional projects.
Clean, safe water is a basic requirement for life and is fundamental to healthy and vibrant communities.
When the new sewage lagoon on Pinaymootang First Nation is completed, it will service the majority of the community—approximately 240 homes, as well as the school complex and teacherages. Pinaymootang is located approximately 215 kilometres northwest of Winnipeg. This $7.2-million lagoon project was funded through Canada's Economic Action Plan.
The lagoon replaces an older system, which was unable to meet the current needs of the First Nation. The previous lagoon is almost 40 years old and was originally built to service only the school. This type of infrastructure project will help to ensure the sustainability and health of the on-reserve community of 1,250 over the long term as the lagoon is designed to easily be expanded for additional growth.
Through this new infrastructure and the First Nations Water and Wastewater Action Plan, 38 homes in this community will also be hooked up to piped service in the next five months. This project is an additional investment of roughly $1 million.
The improvements to wastewater have been welcomed by the community as proper disposal of wastewater is essential to both the health of the community and the land on which the community lives.
The construction of a health centre or a nursing station generally creates approximately 15 jobs, depending on the size of the facility and the location of the project. Construction to date has seen the employment of a range of personnel including skilled tradespeople such as carpenters, electricians, plumbers, welders and machine and equipment operators, as well as trades helpers and labourers.
Canada's Economic Action Plan is also supporting jobs by making investments in federal infrastructure that will provide tangible benefits to Canadians through faster and more reliable passenger rail services, safer bridges and highways, refurbished harbours for small crafts and more efficient border crossings.
Federal infrastructure spending is now 92 per cent committed, creating jobs across the country. The investments in federal infrastructure include:
VIA Rail: The Economic Action Plan provides funding for a wide range of projects designed to modernize rail passenger services, such as sections of new track, new sidings, upgraded train control signals, upgraded highway crossing protection, repairs to bridges, and upgraded infrastructure at key points along the Quebec-Windsor Corridor, such as between Montréal and Toronto, Coteau and Ottawa, and Chatham and Windsor. This work will permit VIA to operate additional trains, on faster schedules and with better on-time reliability.
Funding has also been provided to overhaul the equipment assigned to the western transcontinental train operating between Toronto and Vancouver; to rebuild the Light, Rapid, Comfortable passenger cars used in the Quebec-Windsor Corridor; and to complete safety and accessibility modifications to the Renaissance passenger cars used in the Quebec-Windsor Corridor and on the eastern transcontinental service between Montréal and Halifax. Passengers will be riding in rail cars with new interiors and completely overhauled mechanical systems. The first overhauled car for the western transcontinental train was completed in October 2009.
As well, funds are being invested in necessary repairs to stations and platforms across Canada. Projects have already been completed at such points as Bathurst, Ottawa and Vancouver. VIA is also upgrading its information systems and other miscellaneous projects. Up to the end of October, VIA had signed contracts for over $330 million of stimulus work.
The funded work on the Chatham-Windsor and Coteau-Ottawa infrastructure will be completed this year. Environmental reviews have been completed and permits for various worksites between Montréal and Toronto are being received from Fisheries and Oceans Canada and Transport Canada. Construction, including work on track, signalling and bridges, started in early fall 2009.
Funding is being used to upgrade VIA's infrastructure between Chatham and Windsor in southwestern Ontario (Chatham subdivision). Three suppliers, employing some 57 people, are presently working to upgrade level crossings, install new fencing, replace track ties, weld rail, repair bridges, and install a new signalling system. Stimulus funding is providing $6 million towards the total cost of $17 million.
Federal Bridges: Canada's Economic Action Plan includes projects at the following bridges:
Federal Buildings: The Economic Action Plan committed significant funds to repair and renovate the federal government's building portfolio. Of the 2009–10 funding, 93 per cent has already been committed. 1,150 repair and renovation projects have been identified and 119 of them have been completed. Projects address a range of needed repairs to these assets including:
In addition, funding was provided to enhance the accessibility of Crown-owned buildings for persons with disabilities. For 2009-10, $18.7 million of the $20-million budget has been allocated, with 159 accessibility projects underway. Priority continues to be given to Service Canada facilities. Projects include:
These projects are contracted through Public Works and Government Services Canada's private sector building management service provider. To date, the service provider has contracted with close to 600 vendors for the Economic Action Plan investments alone, who in turn contract with a large number of sub-contractors from coast to coast to deliver this program.
The Economic Action Plan also provided $2 million over the next two years for the development of a comprehensive plan to secure the future of the historic Manège Militaire in Québec City. The results of public consultations were released in October and a real property consultant has been selected to conduct a feasibility and profitability study. The recommendations from this study are expected to be received by December 31, 2009.
Twinning of the Trans-Canada Highway in Banff National Park: Forecast job creation is over 1,600 person-years over the life of this project. The project involves two separate design/build tenders, one for the Icefields Interchange and a second for the twinning of eight kilometres of the Trans-Canada Highway between the Interchange and the Alberta-British Columbia border. The contract for the design/build of the Icefields Interchange was awarded in September. Construction started in October, with completion expected by the fall of 2010. Site preparation for the highway began in March and will be completed by December 2009. Construction on the highway is expected to begin in the spring of 2010.
Small Craft Harbours: The Economic Action Plan provides $200 million over two years under the Small Craft Harbours Accelerated Infrastructure Program to accelerate repair work and maintenance of Canada's core commercial fishing harbours and an additional $17 million to accelerate the construction of a small craft harbour in Pangnirtung, Nunavut. These investments will help ensure that the commercial fishing industry has access over the long term to safe and functional harbours while creating jobs now. These investments will involve over 260 individual projects at over 200 different locations throughout Canada.
Significant progress has been made over the past months with implementation of some projects moving more quickly than originally planned. As a result, funding totalling $20 million for projects in 2010–11 has been advanced to 2009–10. In 2009–10, $102 million will be spent on contracts for repair, maintenance and dredging work at existing harbours, and approximately $4.5 million will be spent on the construction of the Pangnirtung harbour, Nunavut's first small craft harbour.
Aviation Security: Canada's Economic Action Plan provides funding for the deployment of new, advanced, internationally compatible screening equipment and other technology, and the provision of training for the screening workforce to increase levels of security and efficiency at airports across Canada. Funding also includes a top-up for existing programs.
The Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) has made significant progress in enhancing aviation security, including the planning of new screening lanes at major airports. As well, the contracts for the acquisition of new, advanced, internationally compatible screening equipment have been finalized. All screening equipment for the general aviation service providers at airports was delivered on time. CATSA is on track to deliver all mobile buses that contain security screening equipment by December 15th. Olympic sites have been confirmed, and the acquisition of portable trailers that contain security screening equipment is almost 80 per cent complete. System oversight at airports has already been enhanced through the deployment of additional oversight personnel.
Progress on the Pangnirtung, Nunavut, harbour includes the awarding of a construction contract to the Municipality of Pangnirtung for partial basin dredging and construction of a marshalling area. Mobilization of the equipment to the site has been completed, a first group of floating docks has been purchased and delivered on site, and a Contribution Agreement with the Municipality has been signed.
Federal Contaminated Sites: The Government is accelerating work to assess and remediate federal contaminated sites, with nearly all of the $96 million in 2009–10 funding committed. This work will create jobs and economic activity in communities across Canada over the next two years, while contributing new green spaces and cleaner bodies of water and soils, and enabling long-term development. Departments have selected 149 projects for accelerated remediation and will conduct 1,318 site assessments this year.
For example, the Department of National Defence's former petroleum handling and storage area on McNabs Island in Halifax Harbour, home of the Fort McNab National Historic Site, has received $1 million in remediation funding.
The Federal Contaminated Sites Action Plan will fund assessments and remediation/risk management projects worth $9.4 million over the next two years at Oshawa Harbour. Accelerated assessment work totalling $0.9 million is to be undertaken in 2009–10 with remediation/risk management work totalling $8.4 million in 2010–11. Work on the Oshawa Harbour project in 2009–10 will include work at the Marina, the West Wharf, and the Rail Spur properties. Site investigations will be undertaken, which will be used to complete risk assessments and risk management plans for implementation next year. These projects will help stimulate the local economy and ensure that the harbour will continue to be an important part of the community.
In recent years, Canada's housing industry has become a key contributor to economic growth by fuelling demand for tradespeople, building materials and other goods and services.
To stimulate our construction industry and protect and create jobs, the Government is providing significant support for home ownership and renovations. It is also making investments to renew Canada's social housing and improve municipal housing-related infrastructure.
The housing industry is an important source of economic activity and job creation in Canada, as it promotes demand for building materials and other goods and services. For many Canadians, their homes are the most important investment of their lives.
To provide needed stimulus in these challenging economic times, Canada's Economic Action Plan delivers powerful incentives for Canadians to invest in their homes, thereby supporting employment in the construction industry.
Canadians undertaking eligible renovations to their homes before February 2010 will receive up to $1,350 in tax relief from the temporary Home Renovation Tax Credit. About 4.6 million families in Canada are expected to take advantage of the credit, and, by doing so, are supporting jobs in the housing industry.
Canada's Economic Action Plan also provides tax support to encourage home ownership. First-time home buyers will benefit from greater access to their Registered Retirement Savings Plan savings to purchase or build a home as well as up to $750 in tax relief from the First-Time Home Buyers' Tax Credit.
Lise and Jacques just purchased their first home and paid $10,000 to insulate their attic and install 10 energy-efficient windows.
Canadians have indicated that the availability of the Home Renovation Tax Credit is an important factor in their decision to renovate their homes, and high-profile advertising campaigns undertaken by major building material suppliers and retailers have also helped increase the response to the Home Renovation Tax Credit.
An Angus Reid Strategies survey conducted over the summer found that 54 per cent of homeowners had already started or planned to start renovation projects before the end of 2009. Of the respondents undertaking renovations, 64 per cent cited the availability of the tax credit as influencing their decision. Consistent with this result, a separate recent Ipsos Reid survey commissioned by the Royal Bank of Canada reported that 47 per cent of renovating households have done more renovations because of the tax credit.
The considerable interest in the Home Renovation Tax Credit, and the tax relief it provides, is indicative of its positive impact on renovation activity, which promotes job creation in construction and trades. The Canada Revenue Agency has received about 3.5 million enquiries about the credit through its website and by telephone since the credit was announced, which represents 1.3 million additional enquiries since the Third Report to Canadians approximately two months ago—or about 20,000 enquiries daily.
— Michael Rowe, Vice President, Finance, The Home Depot Canada (Remarks to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance, November 3, 2009)
Given the interest in the Home Renovation Tax Credit, it is not surprising that the volume of home renovation investment has increased markedly since March.
Homeowners can also benefit from the enhanced ecoENERGY Retrofit – Homes program if they choose to make energy-efficiency improvements to their homes. The additional $300 million provided through the Economic Action Plan was expected to support an estimated 200,000 home retrofits. The program has experienced unprecedented demand since the Economic Action Plan was announced and has met its targets. In response, the Government is proposing to allocate $205 million from the Clean Energy Fund to finance up to an additional 120,000 retrofits for Canadian homeowners. The enhanced ecoENERGY Retrofit – Homes program is encouraging the development and installation of next generation energy products, as well as fostering improved techniques in home construction and renovation.
Canada's Economic Action Plan provided an additional $300 million over two years to the ecoEnergy Retrofit – Homes program to support an additional 200,000 home retrofits. Since Budget 2009, the program has experienced unprecedented demand from Canadian homeowners and has met its target. To ensure that the Economic Action Plan provides timely stimulus to the economy, the Government is proposing to provide a further $205 million from the Clean Energy Fund to finance up to an additional 120,000 retrofits for Canadian homeowners.
Together, the Home Renovation Tax Credit and the enhanced ecoENERGY Retrofit – Homes program provide a strong incentive to undertake home renovation projects this year. This timely stimulus promotes demand for labour, building materials and other goods and services, helping to create more jobs.
Canada's Economic Action Plan is continuing to create jobs by making investments in social housing construction and renovation, and helping low-income and vulnerable Canadians find suitable and affordable housing. These investments are enhancing the energy efficiency and quality of up to 200,000 social housing units across the country, thereby improving the lives of those most in need and reducing our environmental impact.
The Economic Action Plan has fully committed $425 million to provinces and territories for renovation and retrofits, $200 million to support housing for low-income seniors, and $25 million to meet the housing needs of persons with disabilities, for a total of $650 million in 2009–10. For these projects, the Government of Canada's support is being matched by provincial and territorial governments, which are responsible for program design and delivery. In addition, the Government of Canada has fully committed $75 million for renovation and retrofits of federally administered social housing, $200 million for First Nations housing, and $100 million to support the specific housing needs of northern residents in 2009–10. Across the country, over 1,700 projects have begun.
Renovation and Retrofit of Social Housing: In 2009–10, provinces and territories are delivering $850 million (a $425-million federal investment plus $425 million matched by the provinces and territories) for the renovation and retrofit of existing social housing, which is helping some of the most vulnerable in our communities including seniors, single parent families, recent immigrants and Aboriginal households. 922 projects have already begun.
Repairs and renovations have started on social housing projects throughout Ontario as a result of a joint investment under the amended Canada-Ontario Affordable Housing Program Agreement, with federal funding provided through Canada's Economic Action Plan. Close to $704 million in joint investments will fund renovations and energy-saving upgrades to existing social housing projects throughout the province. It will also create jobs and strengthen local economies."York Region's allocation of close to $14.4 million over the next two years will be put to important and significant use. Investing in social housing properties is an investment in our community."
— Bill Fisch, York Region Chairman and CEO"The Social Housing Renovation and Retrofit Program funding will help our community housing providers to undertake some much needed capital repairs. At Nith Terrace, the installation of a new lift will enhance the quality of life of residents and will greatly improve accessibility for those who live on the second floor."
— Ken Seiling, Waterloo Regional Chair
Social housing projects in B.C. are getting much needed renovations and retrofits totalling approximately $177 million in combined federal and provincial funding, with the federal share provided through Canada's Economic Action Plan. The majority of this cost-shared funding, approximately $164 million, will be directed toward repairs at 81 social housing developments throughout the province. The remainder, approximately $13 million, is being allocated to renovations that are underway at Single Room Occupancy hotels. The Government of British Columbia estimates that this joint funding will create about 1,130 jobs over the next two years."Working in partnership with the Government of Canada, we are revitalizing social housing sites in need of repair and renovation in communities throughout the province, extending the life of these homes for British Columbians for years to come."
— Gordon Campbell, Premier, Province of British Columbia
Housing for Low-Income Seniors and Persons With Disabilities: In 2009–10, Canada's Economic Action Plan provides $200 million to support housing for low-income seniors and $25 million for housing for persons with disabilities, with funding matched by the provinces and territories. 23 projects have begun.
Thanks to the construction of a new 32-unit seniors' assisted living complex, many of the senior residents of Winnipeg Beach won't have to move away from friends and family to maintain a measure of independence in the community they know and love. Gateway Residence was shovel-ready and the cost-shared federal-provincial contribution of $1.92 million it received, including federal funding through Canada's Economic Action Plan, allowed the project to move quickly to the construction phase. In addition to the immediate economic stimulus, the project's development consultant sees Gateway as having benefits over a much longer term.
Persons with disabilities often have difficulty finding housing that meets their specific needs. With federal funding made available through Canada's Economic Action Plan and matching provincial funding, a new project in Saskatoon should make it easier. The project will consist of two three-bedroom semi-detached homes for a total of four units. Each unit will be wheelchair-accessible and feature wider doorways, ramps, wheel-in showers and lower counter and light-switch heights made possible as a result of federal and provincial funding of $601,000."Finding solutions to housing needs requires the support of many, and these projects clearly demonstrate what can be accomplished when we work together to make life better for Saskatchewan citizens."
— Donna Harpauer, Minister of Social Services and Minister Responsible for the Saskatchewan Housing Corporation
Federally Administered Renovation and Retrofit of Social Housing: Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation is directly delivering $75 million in 2009–10 to be invested in the renovation and energy retrofit needs of existing federally administered social housing. 420 projects have already begun.
Haney Pioneer Village Co-operative in B.C., has received $208,462 to repair and replace original single-pane windows with new ENERGY STAR windows. The co-operative is an 84-unit seniors' complex built in the early 1970s. The original single-pane windows are now outdated and inefficient and will be replaced with new double-pane ENERGY STAR white slider windows. This investment will improve the energy efficiency of this project and help to reduce operating costs."We are delighted that our co-operative will benefit from the federal government's renovation and retrofit initiative delivered by CMHC. Not only will this funding make our co-op more energy efficient, but it will also help ensure these homes are available to meet the needs of future generations."
— Richard Silver, President of Haney Pioneer Village Co-operative
Northern Housing: Canada's Economic Action Plan provides $100 million in 2009–10 for the renovation and construction of housing in northern communities. 106 projects have begun.
As many as 141 ready-to-assemble housing units will be delivered to Nunavut communities in 2010 thanks to a unique initiative and a $100-million investment for northern housing through Canada's Economic Action Plan. The pre-built housing units are being fabricated now using Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs), designed by the KOTT group, an Ottawa-based company, and will be assembled in Nunavut next spring. The SIP housing units are designed to be closed in very quickly to take advantage of the short construction season, allowing workers to complete finishing work inside the shell throughout more difficult weather conditions."SIP units far exceed energy efficiency standards, and that will mean less operating and maintenance costs in a harsh Arctic environment. The use of SIP housing units is one of many means used by the Housing Corporation in a continuing effort, which is shared by Ottawa and the Corporation's community partners, to meet Nunavut's housing needs."
— Hunter Tootoo, Minister Responsible for the Nunavut Housing Corporation
First Nations Housing: To improve housing conditions on reserve and stimulate the economy, the Economic Action Plan provides $200 million for 2009–10. The funds are dedicated to new social housing projects, the remediation of existing social housing and complementary housing activities. These funds are now fully committed and projects have already begun in almost 300 First Nations communities.
Forty-one social housing units are being retrofitted and an additional 12 units are being renovated on the Piikani First Nation with funding from Canada's Economic Action Plan. Investments are also being made to convert 56 band-owned housing units to private ownership in 2009–10, and an additional 50 units will be converted in 2010–11. These investments, which total $2.5 million in 2009–10 and $1.25 million in 2010–11, will improve the housing situation in the Piikani community. The Piikani First Nation is located in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, 87 kilometres southwest of Lethbridge, Alberta."Canada's Economic Action Plan has been instrumental in assisting the Piikani Nation establish long-term and sustainable working relationships with professional contractors and suppliers, train and employ up to 35 Piikani Nation members, kick-start our market housing strategy and most importantly improve our living conditions."
— Reg Crowshoe, Piikani Nation Chief
Helping Municipalities Build Stronger Communities: In addition to direct funding for social housing, up to $1 billion is available in 2009–10 in low-cost loans for municipalities to undertake housing-related infrastructure projects. Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation has already approved 64 loans. Examples include:
|2009–10 Stimulus Value||Authorities in Place||Stimulus Committed|
|(millions of dollars)||(millions of dollars)|
Investments in Provincial, Territorial
and Municipal Infrastructure
Accelerating payments under the Provincial/
Territorial Base Funding Initiative
|Infrastructure Stimulus Fund (two-year value)1||4,000||Yes||3,606|
|Bonus for Community Projects||231||Yes||135|
|Green Infrastructure Fund (five-year program)||7||Yes||7|
|National recreation trails||25||Yes||25|
|Recreational Infrastructure Canada||211||Yes2||170|
|Investment in First Nations Infrastructure|
|Water and wastewater projects||76||Yes||76|
|Critical community services (health facilities)||68||Yes||68|
|Critical community services (police facilities)||15||Yes||10|
Investments in Federal
|An improved rail system||141||Yes||131|
|Federal bridges and Champlain Bridge||43||Yes||35|
|Small craft harbours||109||Yes||107|
|Repair and restoration of federal buildings||175||Yes||162|
|Enhancing accessibility of federal buildings||20||Yes||19|
|Manège Militaire in Québec City||2||Yes||–|
|Accelerating action on federal contaminated sites||96||Yes||90|
|Stimulating Housing Construction|
Support for Home Ownership
and the Housing Industry
|Home Renovation Tax Credit||3,000||Bill C-513||3,000|
Increasing withdrawal limits under
the Home Buyers' Plan
|First-Time Home Buyers' Tax Credit||175||Bill C-513||175|
|Enhancing the energy efficiency of our homes4||150||Yes||150|
|Investments in Social Housing for Canadians|
Renovation and retrofit
of social housing (provincial/territorial)
Renovation and retrofit
of social housing (federal)
|First Nations housing||200||Yes||200|
|Housing for low-income seniors||200||Yes||200|
|Housing for persons with disabilities||25||Yes||25|
|Loans to municipalities||1,000||Yes||1,000|
1 The amount for the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund is presented on a two-year basis as funds will flow to provinces, territories and municipalities as construction progresses and components of the work are completed. However, in order to provide a consistent comparison between Table 1.2 and this table, the $1,168 million committed under the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund for 2009-10 is counted in the total infrastructure amount.