The Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, wants to build sustainable cities and communities. At CEEA’s Luncheon in Ottawa on May 9, the Minister announced that over the next 10 years, the federal infrastructure investments will be doubled to $120 billion, with $10 billion in new investments provided over the next two years alone.
Their objective is to not only grow the economy, but also to support their broader social inclusion and climate change goals. After listening to their partners and experts, they realized that they should start by repairing the existing infrastructure, and have invested $574 million on energy and water efficiency retrofits and renovations of an existing stock of social housing.
“Total costs of projects and environmental impact when building public infrastructure are top of mind,” says the Minister. “Energy efficiency is part of the solution.”