OTTAWA — Building a Better Canada: Progress Report on the Investing in Canada Plan 2016-2019, a new report issued by the federal government, provides an update on the progress in renewing the nation’s public infrastructure through the over $180-billion plan.
Since 2016, more than 48,000 infrastructure projects, worth a total of $42.3 billion, have been approved and of these projects, almost all are either underway, or already completed, indicates a release issued by Infrastructure Canada May 9.
Initiatives achieved to date through the plan include:
- Providing employment opportunities to over 100,000 Canadians on average each year;
- Providing public transit users with 100,000 additional seats to help them get to their destinations;
- Providing more Canadians with cleaner water and a healthier environment by funding more than 2,800 water and wastewater management projects;
- Lifting more than 80 long-term drinking water advisories on First Nations reserves;
- Providing more affordable housing for Canadians most in need by building or renovating more than 174,000 low-cost housing units;
- Renewing research labs and training facilities at universities, colleges and polytechnic institutions across Canada by funding more than 300 projects;
- Establishing an extra 40,000 new child-care spaces by 2020;
- Installing more than 19,500 kilometres of fibre-optic cable to provide high-speed internet connections in more than 900 rural and remote communities; and
- Promoting the values of openness, diversity and inclusion by building, improving and repairing over 1,600 community centres, recreational centres, cultural facilities and community spaces.