Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has sent mandate letters to his Ministers that outline priorities over the next four years. The priorities set out for the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, Catherine McKenna, has particular implications for municipalities.
Of note, the Prime Minister is asking Minister McKenna to continue the implementation of the Investing in Canada Plan, a large revenue stream for municipalities. Provinces and territories are also being asked to identify long-term infrastructure priorities within the next two years, with funding directly available for these priorities with the Gas Tax top up. The Minister is being asked to assist with green projects through funding for implementing zero-emission public transit and schools within municipalities, relaunching the Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund and working with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) on the Green Municipal Fund and Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program. Further, Trudeau emphasized the prioritization of asset management by municipalities through working with FCM on the Municipal Asset Management Program.
The mandate letter for Minister McKenna shows the federal government’s continued support of municipalities and prioritizing infrastructure needs through grant programs. The full Mandate Letter can be read here.