Canada Strategic Infrastructure Fund
All funding for this program has been committed.
The Canada Strategic Infrastructure Fund (CSIF) supports large-scale projects of major federal and regional significance in areas that are vital to sustaining economic growth and enhancing the quality of life of Canadians.
CSIF projects support infrastructure in the following five investment categories:
- Highways and railways
- Local transportation
- Tourism or urban development
- Water or sewage
- Broadband (telecommunications connectivity)
CSIF has placed emphasis on partnerships with any combination of municipal, provincial, territorial governments, as well as the private sector. Each partnership is governed by specifically tailored arrangements.
Benefits to Canadians
- Safer and faster movement of people and goods on Canada's major land transportation routes
- Reduced production of greenhouse gases and airborne pollutants
- Increased effectiveness of urban development
- Increased economic activity, including tourism
- Use of innovative technologies and practices to minimize greenhouse gas emissions
Sarnia and Brockville Wastewater Treatment Bundle (announced commitment of $40.4 million)
Sarnia: This infrastructure initiative aims to eliminate sewer overflow in the St. Clair River as well as improve the health and safety of the Sarnia community.
Brockville: The wastewater system improvements will improve the health of the Brockville community as well as reduce the impact of wastewater on aquatic life and the natural environment of the St-Lawrence River.
Canadian Opera Company (announced commitment of $25 million)
Sustains Toronto's cultural institutions, contributes to an improved quality of life and supports Toronto's position as a modern, world-class city. It also helps ensure that the Greater Toronto Area remains a magnet for tourism and investment.
Evergreen Brick Works (announced commitment of $20 million)
Evergreen Brick Works is a pioneering environmental community facility that explores how nature makes cities more liveable. The site includes a 16-hectare park with the Weston Quarry Garden, wetlands, hiking trails, wildflower meadows, and 15 heritage buildings, and is at the centre of Toronto's internationally unique ravines and green ways that total more than 27,000 acres.
Hamilton Harbour Clean-Up (announced commitment of up to $35 million)
Wastewater treatment improvements will significantly reduce the amount of chlorine in wastewater effluent; help to reduce the number of combined sewer overflows into Hamilton Harbour during heavy rains; and improve the ability of Windermere Basin to remove sediment from wastewater treated at the Woodward Wastewater Treatment Plant and from Red Hill Creek.
Kingston Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrades (announced commitment of $25 million)
Upgrades to the Water Pollution Control Plant aim to improve the capacity of the facility and the quality of wastewater. These improvements ensure a more effective removal of dissolved contaminants from the effluent. The project also helps in the further protection of the environment and public health.
Niagara Convention and Civic Centre (announced commitment of $35 million)
Located in Niagara Falls, this project involves the construction of a facility with 100,000 square feet of exhibition space and 30,000 square feet of meeting space. The facility plans to attract approximately 500,000 visitors per year to the Niagara Region and create 1,000 person-years of employment annually. The project aims to be a model for environmental sustainability.
Thunder Bay Wastewater Treatment Upgrades (announced commitment of $25 million)
Supports the completion of the Pollution Prevention and Control Plan and upgrades to the Water Pollution Control Plant, as well as improvements to the sewer collection system and sewage treatment process.
Toronto International Film Festival Group's Festival Centre (announced commitment of up to $25 million)
Located in the heart of Toronto's entertainment district, on the northwest corner of King and John streets, the five-storey facility will house the Toronto International Film Festival Group activities, including five theatres, a film reference library, a gallery and exhibition space, and an education centre for all ages.
Toronto Soccer Stadium (announced commitment of $27 million)
Located at Exhibition Place in Toronto, this is Canada's first soccer-specific stadium. With a capacity of 20,000, it is home to the Canadian National Soccer Team as well as the Toronto FC, Canada's first Major League Soccer team. In the summer of 2007, it was the main venue for the FIFA Under-20 Men's World Cup.
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