Thank you very much for inviting me to speak to you today.
As you outlined, I'm joined by some members of my senior executive team. We've been invited here today to speak to you about Infrastructure Canada's supplementary estimates (A), which were tabled in the House of Commons on October 24, 2018.
I'd like to begin with a brief update on the progress of the investing in Canada plan. The plan is designed to help grow the economy, build inclusive communities and support a low carbon green economy. It was rolled out in two phases.
The first phase, which focused on the repair and rehabilitation of existing public transit, water, waste-water and social housing infrastructure, is well under way across the country.
For the second phase, all 36 programs being implemented by 12 federal departments have been launched. At Infrastructure Canada, all provinces and territories have officially signed their bilateral agreements and projects are already being approved.
To date, more than $18.5 billion in funding has been committed to thousands of projects, through both phases of the investing in Canada plan, and projects are under way in communities across the country.
To support Infrastructure Canada's program delivery, including legacy programs and those under the investing in Canada plan, the department is requesting an increase of $548 million through supplementary estimates (A), which brings the total authorities for 2018-19 to $6.7 billion.
Included in the supplementary estimates (A) request is $292 million in funding for the new Champlain Bridge corridor project. Nearly $235 million of this amount relates to a settlement agreement announced last March between the Government of Canada and the Signature on the Saint Lawrence Group to take additional measures to help mitigate construction delays caused by several factors, such as strikes and transportation of oversized parts to the work site. Fifty-seven million dollars is unspent funding from last year, which is brought forward annually to cover unexpected costs.
The department is requesting $210 million to assume the P3 Canada fund commitments previously held by PPP Canada, and $43 million in funding for the disaster mitigation and adaptation fund.
I would like to conclude by highlighting Infrastructure Canada's ongoing commitment to transparency and openness in the delivery of our investments.
The department is committed to regularly updating Canadians on the results of our investments. We do this in several ways. Our online geomap provides information on all projects that have been announced and have a longitude-latitude component across the federal government under the investing in Canada plan.
By department and by program, our data table shows the funding base, the number of projects approved, the projects started and the funds reimbursed to our project partners to date. The open data portal provides information on the progress of the projects Infrastructure Canada has supported through our programs. We have posted the signed bilateral agreements with a dashboard on the progress being made on approved projects. The Privy Council results website publishes key metrics on the progress being made under the minister's mandate letter. Those tools are updated regularly and provide Canadians with easy access to information about our investments.
In addition, Infrastructure Canada has been working with Statistics Canada to improve our understanding of the state of Canada's infrastructure and its impact on the economy.
As part of this work, Statistics Canada conducted the first-ever core public infrastructure survey for 2016, the results of which are being released over the fall. The survey will be reproduced for 2018 and future years, so that we are able to track the evolution of the stock, condition and performance of publicly owned infrastructure in Canada.
We have also worked closely with Statistics Canada to release the infrastructure economic accounts, which provide detailed information on investments being made in the public and private infrastructure since 2009, including those investments that affect the stock of infrastructure and their contribution to the Canadian economy. This information is easily accessible through Statistics Canada's online infrastructure statistical hub, allowing the public to easily manipulate the infrastructure data.
Looking ahead to 2019, we will release a progress report which will contain further details on the results achieved through our infrastructure investments under the plan.
Thank you for inviting us to speak with you today about the important work Infrastructure Canada is doing on behalf of Canadians.
We would be happy to answer any questions you have.