Canada’s Infrastructure Minister tours British Columbia to announce investments that protect

From: Infrastructure Canada

April 18, 2019 – Victoria, BC – Infrastructure Canada

The Government of Canada is committed to working closely with communities across the country to support their infrastructure priorities.

On April 23rd, 2019, the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Canada’s Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, will visit the Greater Victoria area to announce funding for projects that will help communities adapt to the intensifying impact of natural disasters, such as floods, wildfires, or winter storms.

Later that day, he will make another important funding announcement in the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia.

“Climate change is having a serious impact on Canadians across the country. Forest fires, floods and heat waves are becoming increasingly frequent events that put at risk the safety of Canadians and their communities. That is why our government is investing to help communities withstand the intensifying impacts of climate change. These investments will help to protect the lives and livelihoods of Canadians. Together, we are building Canada now for a sustainable future.”

-François-Philippe Champagne, Canada’s Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

Quick facts

  • The Government of Canada’s Investing in Canada plan is providing more than $180 billion over 12 years for public infrastructure across the country.

  • In partnership with provincial and municipal leaders, the Government of Canada is investing in public transit; green infrastructure such as water systems; community, culture and recreational infrastructure; and public infrastructure in rural and northern communities.

  • The Canada-British Columbia Bilateral Agreement will provide more than $4.1 billion in predictable, long-term funding for the public infrastructure that matters most to British Columbians.

  • The Government of Canada’s Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund (DMAF) is a 10-year, $2-billion national program designed to help communities better withstand current and future risks of natural hazards. DMAF will support large-scale infrastructure projects with a minimum cost of $20 million.

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