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Infrastructure is critical to protecting quality of life and well-being - it provides the services we all depend on and helps keep residents and ecosystems healthy.

Municipalities manage, own and operate some 60% of public infrastructure that drives our economy and quality of life. Local governments make people’s lives better, and local solutions have significant regional, provincial and national impacts.

Metro Vancouver and its residents strongly believe that investing in critical infrastructure must be part of B.C.’s and Canada’s plans to build back better from COVID-19. Metro Vancouver is ideally positioned to partner with the Province of B.C. to realize shared objectives to spur economic growth, address climate change, protect natural habitats and create more affordable and inclusive communities.

Over the next five years, Metro Vancouver alone has identified more than $6 billion in shovel-ready, critical infrastructure investments to strengthen our systems for drinking water, liquid waste, housing and regional parks. These projects have the potential to create thousands of long-term family-supporting jobs while protecting the environment and making the region more resilient to climate change.

Residents Support Infrastructure Funding

81% agree infrastructure is an effective way to stimulate the economy.

85% agree that senior governments should provide additional funding for local infrastructure projects.

Source: Mustel public opinion research, August 2020


Linda Buchanan, Vice Chair, Metro Vancouver Board, speaks about the role of infrastructure in economic recovery.

Over the next five years, Metro Vancouver alone has identified more than $6 billion in shovel-ready infrastructure investments to strengthen our systems for drinking water, liquid waste, housing and regional parks. These projects have the potential to create thousands of long-term family-supporting jobs while protecting the environment and making the region more resilient to climate change.


Economic Recovery - Shared Investments in Critical Infrastructure

Questions

 

If elected, will your party commit to reassessing the funding model for local governments – with a view toward providing long-term, predictable, sustainable funding?

  • BC NDP

    We would be happy to sit down with local government representatives and UBCM to look at how we can continue to support local government in delivering the services that people count on in their communities. Our record to date shows that we are willing to work with communities to find the flexibility to address these challenges, whether it’s through grants like the Northern Capital and Planning Grant, securing and providing joint federal/provincial operating funding for local governments and transit agencies, or adjusting the cost-share formulas on programs like the Rural and Northern Communities stream of ICIP to ensure that smaller communities could afford the infrastructure they need. Should we be re-elected, we would encourage you to please follow up with the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing to start this discussion.


Will your party commit to partnering with local governments – to working together with Ottawa when necessary – to garner the Federal government’s fair share for critical investments in infrastructure projects?

  • BC NDP

    We have worked with the federal government through the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program to deliver billions of dollars in infrastructure funding to support critical infrastructure, from investments in transit and transportation, to investments in water treatment and recreational infrastructure, to funding for new and refurbished community facilities.

    A re-elected BC NDP government will continue to work with our local government partners to advocate for federal support for critical infrastructure investments, to continue to deliver the services that our residents need. In addition, through our Recovery Investment Fund, we will be committing an additional 1% of GDP – an additional $3 billion a year above and beyond our existing $23 billion infrastructure capital spending program – to drive new growth and investment. The funding will be used in communities all over the province to build new schools, hospitals, child care spaces, roads and transit, and more – creating an expected 18,000 new jobs every year.


Will your party commit to funding at least one-third of the Iona Island Wastewater Treatment Plant project, which under federal regulations, must be completed by 2030?

  • BC NDP

    We know the importance of partnering with local governments to deliver key infrastructure projects. A re-elected BC NDP government will sit down with Metro Vancouver representatives to look at the plans for the Iona Wastewater Treatment Plant, and work with the region to explore opportunities for senior government funding for this important project.


Will your party commit to providing additional resources for expedited approvals of local government projects and initiatives?

  • BC NDP

    Our government remains committed to working with local governments to quickly and efficiently review applications for infrastructure funding streams and ensure funding flows to support critical infrastructure projects. We have worked closely with UBCM, and have committed nearly all of the available funding through the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program, with additional funding intakes closing this month. We will work with our federal government partners to review and provide approvals on successful applications as efficiently as possible.