Thank you, Mr. Chair.
Kwe kwe. Ullukkut. Tansi. Hello.
Before I begin, I would like to acknowledge that I am speaking from the traditional and unceded territory of the Algonquin Anishinaabeg people.
I will be providing an update to the committee on how Indigenous Services Canada, or ISC, has contributed to the action plan to address the Auditor General of Canada’s recommendations in Report 9—Investing in Canada Plan.
Since 2016, ISC has committed over $6.6 billion in targeted infrastructure funding until 2027‑28 under the investing in Canada plan, or IICP. As of December 31, 2021, ISC had invested $3.92 billion to this end. These investments represent 59% of the ISC commitment under the IICP and 5,271 projects.
Infrastructure investments under the plan help address first nations' needs. Funding delivered by ISC under the investing in Canada plan represents only a portion of ISC's overall targeted infrastructure funding of over $17 billion since 2016.
Projects and investments under the investing in Canada plan are part of this larger picture, which has invested towards 7,000 projects, of which over 4,400 are complete. This includes housing; health-related infrastructure; foundational infrastructure, such as like roads and bridges; broadband connectivity; cultural and recreational facilities on reserves; and of course, as we talked about earlier this week, water and waste-water infrastructure. Improvements are being made in communities across the country.
I'll quickly go over the three main actions identified in the management action plan that was submitted by Infrastructure Canada and how we have contributed to those actions. We agree with the findings and recommendations of the Auditor General that steps needed to be taken to improve the monitoring, the tracking and the reporting.
The first action relates to reviewing measures for progress on the plan's outcomes and objectives. We're working with other departments to support that horizontal initiative that links our priorities and our results frameworks while still meeting the priorities and objectives of the investing in Canada plan. Overall, investments in infrastructure will help bridge the infrastructure gap that exists between first nations and the rest of Canada and, hopefully, have a positive impact on all members of the community.
The second action concerns legacy programs. To offer a bit of background and context in terms of ISC, the funding under the IICP includes approximately $14.6 billion over 12 years in legacy funding. This funding for programs is not really specific to specific projects. It's very much used as an A-base for infrastructure. The funds are distributed to communities so that they can do minor capital, O and M, and salary stuff. Therefore, we felt that, at the community level, paying things like utility bills and other types of initiatives was very complex to report on.
We've committed to providing program-level reporting on legacy programs, but the department doesn't really want to increase the reporting burden on first nations unnecessarily.
The third and final action identified in the management action plan concerns improving public reporting so that is consistent, comprehensive and easy to understand.
ISC currently reports project-level data on all investments. We have updated our project map to increase the transparency of our approach.
We also made sure that reporting requirements, methodology and program delivery reflect the evolving relationship between the Government of Canada and first nations. We are really committed and fully invested in this work.
I will be happy to answer your questions.