The Governments of Canada and Saskatchewan are working together to make long-term infrastructure investments that aim to create jobs, boost the economy and enhance people’s quality of life. Today, François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and Gordon Wyant, Minister Responsible for SaskBuilds, were joined by Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, and Warren Kaeding, Minister of Government Relations, to announce the signing of a bilateral agreement that will provide more than $896 million in federal funding through the Investing in Canada plan over the next decade for infrastructure projects. These projects will be cost-shared with the Saskatchewan government, municipalities and other partners.
This new funding will see the federal and provincial governments make unprecedented investments in public transit, green infrastructure, recreational, cultural, and community infrastructure, as well as rural and northern communities.
“Long-term investments in infrastructure connect people, create good middle-class jobs and support our economy. This new agreement with Saskatchewan will provide long-term predictable funding to meet the needs of all residents, from those living in busy city centres to remote rural towns. I am very pleased that this also marks the successful conclusion of our negotiations with all the provinces and territories on these agreements. Together with our partners, we are making strategic investments in infrastructure across Saskatchewan and the country to build prosperous resilient communities where everyone has opportunities to succeed,” said François-Philippe Champagne.
These investments will bring many benefits to people across Saskatchewan, including:
- faster commutes and travel times and easier movement of goods for businesses;
- cleaner air and water;
- reduced greenhouse gas emissions;
- smarter more efficient cities;
- sustainable water management;
- enhanced public parks, recreational facilities and other spaces that make communities great places to live; and
- better transportation and digital infrastructure for people living in remote communities.
- More than $33 billion in federal funding is being invested across Canada through these bilateral agreements. Provinces and territories are asked to develop three-year plans on how they will implement their infrastructure projects.