November 21, 2016

Recently delivered federal and provincial budgets have detailed new or expanded infrastructure programs to support infrastructure across Ontario and Canada.  While program details have yet to be announced, AMO is providing a snapshot of what is known and anticipated to be provided for our members.

What we asked for:

Provincial – expanded stable infrastructure funding for municipalities, particularly formula funding through the Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund (OCIF).

Federal – Dedicated municipal funding.  An immediate investment in transit and social housing for maintenance.  Immediate funding for social housing energy and water efficiency retrofits and rehabilitation. 
Social housing expansion; roads and bridges maintenance; support for rural broadband. Investments in municipal GHG reductions and infrastructure resiliency.

What was delivered:

Provincial – expanded funding of $330 million annually for municipal infrastructure.  Move Ontario Forward Outside GTHA ($15B/ten years) funding still to be announced.

Federal - $11.9B ($3.45B for First Nations) in Phase 1 funding in the next two to five years for housing, green and public transit infrastructure.  

Phase 2 Consultations underway. The 2016 Fall Economic Statement added $32.9 billion to federal infrastructure spending to increase it to $187 billion and extending it to 2027-28. This includes:
  • $21.9B Public Transit Fund
  • $16.84B Green Infrastructure Fund
  • $18.5B Social Infrastructure Fund
  • $10.1B Trade and Transportation
  • $2.0B Rural and Northern Communities
Further details in the federal 2017 Budget should add clarity to what these announcements mean for Ontario municipalities.

Ontario:

Municipal Function/Service
Eligible Infrastructure Category
Funding Program
Program Details
  • Roads
  • Bridges
  • Water
  • Wastewater
  • Roads
  • Bridges
  • Water
  • Wastewater
Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund Formerly $100M/yr. - $50M formula, $50M application

Increased to: $300M/yr. - $200M/yr. formula, $100M/yr. application in 2018-19

Can be used as municipal contribution to CWWF
 
  • Roads
  • Bridges
  • Roads
     
Ontario Connecting Link Program Formerly $15M/yr., increased to $20M/yr. in .2016-17 and $30M/yr. in 2018/19
 
  • Social housing energy efficiency retrofits
  • installing energy-efficient boilers
  • insulating outer walls and mechanical systems, and
  • installing more energy efficient windows and lighting
Ontario Green Investment Fund Pre-Budget $92M one time funding for retrofits for social housing, $82M for towers with 150 units or more, $10M for 1,300 smaller social housing units in rural and small communities










 

Canada

 
Municipal Function/Service
Eligible Infrastructure Categories
Funding Program
Program Details
Nationally Significant
  • Roads
  • Bridges
  • Transit
  • Ports
  • Flood protection
  • highways and major roads
  • public transit
  • rail infrastructure
  • local and regional airports
  • port infrastructure
  • intelligent transportation systems (ITS)
  • disaster mitigation infrastructure
New Building Canada Fund – National Infrastructure Component

 
$4 Billion for nationally significant projects which meet the following criteria:
  • Generate positive economic activity;
  • Reduce potential economic disruptions or foregone economic activity;
  • Generate productivity gains for the Canadian economy; or,
  • Provide benefits that extend beyond the provinces or territories where the project would be located.
$1.6B allocated as of January 2016

 
Nationally and regionally significant
  • Roads
  • bridges
  • Transit
  • Water
  • Wastewater
  • Solid waste
  • Connectivity
  • Flood protection
  • Highways and major roads
  • Public transit
  • Connectivity and broadband
  • Drinking water
  • Wastewater
  • Solid waste management
  • Green energy
  • Innovation
  • Brownfield redevelopment
  • Disaster mitigation infrastructure
  • Local and regional airports
  • Short-line rail
  • Short-sea shipping
New Building Canada Fund – Provincial/Territorial Infrastructure Component $9 billion for projects that are nationally and regionally significant, and are predominantly medium- and large scale in nature

Ontario allocation $2.44B/10 yrs.

$1.43B allocated as of January 2016
Locally or regionally significant
  • Roads (arterial)
  • bridges
  • Transit
  • Water
  • Wastewater
  • Solid waste
  • Connectivity
  • Flood protection
 
  • Highways or major roads (including bridges)
  • Public transit
  • Disaster mitigation
  • Connectivity or broadband
  • Innovation
  • Wastewater
  • Green energy
  • Drinking water
  • Solid waste management
  • Brownfield redevelopment
  • Local and regional airport
  • Short line rail
  • Short sea shipping
New Building Canada Fund – Provincial/Territorial Infrastructure Component – Small Communities Fund $1B for projects of national, regional or local significance for municipalities with populations under 100,000

Ontario allocation $272M - $141M committed in Ontario as of January

 
  • Roads
  • Bridges
  • Transit
  • Broadband
  • Community energy
  • Water
  • Wastewater
  • Flood protection
  • Waste
  • Capacity building
  • Culture
  • Recreation
  • Tourism
  • Sport
  • Brownfields
  • Airports
  • Short trip shipping
  • Local roads and bridges
  • Transit
  • Local and regional airports
  • Broadband
  • Short sea shipping
  • Short line rail
  • Community energy systems
  • Drinking water
  • Wastewater
  • Solid waste
  • Brownfield redevelopment
  • Capacity building
  • Disaster mitigation
  • Recreation
  • Culture
  • Tourism
  • Sport

 
Canada Gas Tax Program $2.1B in 2016 nationally
$617M administered by AMO

Commitment to allocate unused funding each year to GTF formula – details tbd.
  • Buses
  • Streetcars
  • Light rail
  • subways   
Details
  • Fleet replacement
  • Track, bridge, signal upgrades
  • Accelerated design and implementation of construction work for large-scale projects
  • Phase 2 TBA
Canada Public Transit Fund $3.4B over 3 years in Budget 2016

Up to 50 per cent of eligible costs covered by federal government

Ontario allocation -  $1.49B
  • Social housing
  • Affordable housing
  • Public housing energy and water retrofits
  • Childcare facilities
  • Recreational and cultural centres
  • Accessibility improvements
Details
  • Affordable housing $504M/2yrs
  • Affordable housing for seniors $200M/2yrs
  • Energy and water efficiency retrofits and renovations for existing social housing $573M/2yrs
  • Childcare and early learning $500M 2017-18
  • Cultural and recreational infrastructure $168.2M/2yrs
  • Renovate, expand improve existing cultural Infrastructure $150M/2yrs
  • Accessibility $4M/2yrs
  • Phase 2 TBA
Canada Social Infrastructure Fund $3.4B over 5 years in Budget 2016

Ontario allocation - $640M Social Infrastructure Fund (Canada and Ontario) including:
  • $337M Investment in Affordable Housing
  • $209M energy and water efficiency retrofits and renovations for existing social housing units
  • $67M affordable housing for seniors

 
  • Climate change plans
  • GHG reduction projects
  • Asset management planning
  • Climate-related infrastructure upgrades (unfunded)
  • Water
  • Wastewater
Details
  • Climate change capacity building, FCM $75M – GHG reduction, climate change integration in asset management plans
  • FCM GMF – GHG reductions $125M
  • Asset management best practices - $50M
  • Infrastructure resilience (Lake Manitoba and Lions Gate)
  • Water and wastewater upgrades $2B/4yrs
  • Phase 2 TBA
Canada Green Infrastructure Fund $5B over 5 years in Budget 2016

Up to 50 per cent eligible water and wastewater costs covered by federal government

Ontario allocation:
  • CWWF - $1.1B
    • Federal - $570M
    • Ontario - $275M
    • Municipal - $275M (can use OCIF)

 
  • Rural broadband expansion   
Details tbd
  • Improve rural/remote broadband access   
Connecting Canadians - Broadband Access $500M over 5 years in Budget 2016
  • Rail crossing safety improvements
Details tbd
  • Rail safety enforcement and oversight
  • Supporting local rail crossing safety
Rail Safety $143M over 3 years for rail safety