A major new public infrastructure plan for Canada is under way.
The Public Works, Infrastructure and Communities Canada (PWIC) is looking to get the $5.8 billion, 25-year Infrastructure Canada plan into effect by July 1, 2020.
The project plan includes $5 billion for a new national highway, and $3 billion for improvements to the Canada Line, a highway that carries Canada between the United States and the United Kingdom.
The plan is also looking to create 100,000 new jobs, with $5 million earmarked for new public-sector jobs.
It is a major change for PWIC, which has a long history of working with the federal government on projects and projects, including building and repairing roads, bridges and other infrastructure.
“This is a massive project,” said Chris Ritchie, PWIC’s senior director of policy.
“It will transform the country, and it will create new jobs.”
Public Works and Infrastructure Minister Judy Foote said the project is part of the Government of Canada’s plan to build more infrastructure in the country.
“It’s not just about building a new bridge or an airport,” she said.
“We are looking at building a better system.”
The new plan will replace the current federal Infrastructure Canada project plan that was published in February.
The federal plan, which was approved in 2015, was designed to guide federal and provincial governments in building and funding public infrastructure projects.
The new project plan has been approved by the federal cabinet, and is expected to be voted on by the legislature in the coming weeks.
The department has been working closely with PWIC since its creation, and will have a role in the planning process, according to the government.
“Public Works, in partnership with the private sector, will ensure that the infrastructure projects that we are undertaking are of a high quality, and are economically efficient,” Foote wrote in a statement.
“With the Federal Government’s commitment to public infrastructure, we are making this investment in Canada, as well as our economy, a reality.”PWic has a reputation for putting its money where its mouth is, with a strong record of delivering projects that benefit communities.
“They’ve built the largest public transit network in the world and they’ve built our economy,” said Rob Wier, an expert on infrastructure who lives in Windsor.
“So, I think it’s a bit surprising that they’re doing this at all, because they’ve been building this infrastructure for a long time.”
The $5-billion plan will be paid for with federal money, and the federal Liberals have committed to using that money to build a new highway from Prince George to Prince Rupert.