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Canada Strategic Infrastructure Fund:

Plans, Spending and Results

1. Name of Horizontal Initiative: Canada Strategic Infrastructure Fund

2. Name of Lead Department: Infrastructure Canada

3. Lead Department PAA Program: Canada Strategic Infrastructure Fund

4. Start Date: 2003-2004

5. End Date: 2016-2017

6. Total Federal Funding Allocation (from start date to end date): $4.3 Billion2

7. Description of the Horizontal Initiative (including funding agreement):

The CSIF, which received funding in the 2001 and 2003 federal budgets, is a cost-shared contribution program for strategic infrastructure projects. To date, funding has been approved to support 83 projects.

Investments are directed to projects of major national and regional significance and are to be made in areas that are vital to sustaining economic growth and supporting an enhanced quality of life for Canadians. The CSIF is delivered through negotiated agreements with provincial, territorial or local governments, private partners or non-governmental organizations. Contribution agreements are tailored based on the project requirements.

The Canada Strategic Infrastructure Act outlines the prime categories of investments in projects that involve fixed capital assets that are used or operated for the benefit of the public. The categories eligible under the Canada Strategic Infrastructure Fund are:

  • Highway and Rail Infrastructure;
  • Local Transportation Infrastructure;
  • Tourism or Urban Development Infrastructure;
  • Water or Sewage Infrastructure; and
  • Other categories approved by regulation, e.g. Advanced Telecommunications and High-Speed Broadband, Northern Infrastructure.

8. Shared Outcomes:

The overall planned results Infrastructure Canada expects to achieve through CSIF are to invest in projects which:

  • facilitate the movement of goods and people on Canada's National Highway System for the purposes of increasing the productivity, economic efficiency, and safety of Canada's surface transportation system;
  • facilitate the safe and efficient movement of goods and people, ease congestion, or reduce greenhouse gases and airborne pollutants;
  • ensure that tourism continues to contribute to the economic well-being of Canadians and to serve as a bridge between Canada and the world;
  • ensure that drinking water is safe, clean and reliable at drinking water facilities, and ensure sustainable treatment of wastewater; and
  • expand broadband networks in Canada.

9. Governance Structures:

All CSIF projects are selected under the authority of the Minister of Infrastructure, Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs, and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec. Prior to selecting projects, the Minister consults other Ministers who have an interest in the region or in the substantive project area. After project selection, Treasury Board approval is sought for each contribution. At the same time, incremental operating funds required for project oversight and management by the implementing departments/agencies are identified and sought in the Treasury Board submission.

The fund is delivered in partnership involving primarily three sets of key collaborators:

  1. Infrastructure Canada: As the coordinating and funding agent for the contribution, Infrastructure Canada is responsible for project review, selection, approval, public announcements, environmental assessment in some cases, and program evaluation. It leads the negotiation of contribution agreements with each of the funding recipients, except for transportation projects where Transport Canada is the lead. Infrastructure Canada (or Transport Canada, for transportation projects) develops, in coordination with the implementing department/agency, the submission to Treasury Board for the approval of funds. Infrastructure Canada is also responsible for the overall management of program funding, for seeking appropriation of funds from Parliament through Contribution Votes and for transferring funds to the federal delivery partners. Over the past two years, Infrastructure Canada has taken over responsibility for the management of agreements for most projects.
  2. A federal delivery partner: Infrastructure Canada's relationship with each federal delivery partner varies with the capacity and the complexity of the project. Infrastructure Canada has repatriated projects from most delivery partners and at this point, only Transport Canada and Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) are responsible for actively managing contribution agreements on Infrastructure Canada's behalf. A Memoranda of Understanding govern the relationship between Infrastructure Canada, Transport Canada and ACOA for the implementation of CSIF projects. TC and ACOA support the implementation of CSIF projects in a manner that upholds federal due diligence in such areas as overseeing the implementation of mitigation measures identified in the environmental assessment, assessing the eligibility and reasonability of project costs, providing information pertaining to cash flow and budget, approving claims, making payments, and conducting audits and evaluation of projects. TC and ACOA serve as the federal co-chair of the project's Agreement Steering Committee and also ensure adherence to information management requirements, including the use of the Shared Information Management System for Infrastructure, which is used to capture, monitor and report on project information. TC and ACOA also provide communication support.
  3. The funding recipient: The recipient may be a provincial, territorial, or local government, a private partner, a non-government organization, or a combination thereof. Once the project has been selected, Infrastructure Canada or Transport Canada leads the negotiations to develop a contribution agreement. The funding recipient is responsible for ensuring that the project is completed as per the Terms and Conditions of the Contribution Agreement.