July 26, 2016

This is another members’ update as we near the four-month mark since Infrastructure Canada issued details of Phase 1 funding for Public Transit and Clean Water and Waste Water: Phase 1 Infrastructure Funding Agreements Status - 12 July 2016 AMO Policy Update. Discussions are underway in the remaining jurisdictions, including Ontario.

Canada has now signed agreements with four provinces and one territory:
  • June 16 – British Columbia – Transit
  • June 20 - Yukon – Transit and Clean Water
  • July 5 - Quebec – Transit and Clean Water
  • July 8 - Newfoundland and Labrador – Transit and Clean Water
  • July 25- Manitoba- Transit and Clean Water.
The Manitoba Transit and Clean Water Agreements include the following elements:
  • funding allocation is 50-25-25 with the federal government providing the 50%
  • the funding will be provided through the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund and the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund, both of which will be managed through agreements between the Governments of Canada and Manitoba
  • the federal government has made its funding retroactive to April 1, 2016, so projects can proceed without delay to ensure a productive construction season.
We know that Ontario municipal governments are anxious about the timely conclusion of Phase 1 discussions for our province before the 2016 construction session closes. AMO continues to make our members’ concerns well known to the federal and provincial governments. The AMO President, Gary McNamara, did have a meeting with the new Ontario Infrastructure Minister, the Honourable Bob Chiarelli, last week and this was the major topic of conversation. The need for municipal multi-year infrastructure plans to be recognized, as per the Quebec Agreement, will be key for successful Phase 1 implementation in Ontario.

As we await the Ontario agreement with Infrastructure Canada, we again encourage municipal governments to be reviewing their asset management plans for transit and clean water projects that fit the eligibility criteria and that could be submitted to the Province immediately.