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Policy Briefing: Infrastructure
Infrastructure Minister Catherine McKenna, pictured in the West Block in December 2019, has said the Canada Infrastructure Bank will play an important role in helping our country recover. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

The pandemic has offered a chance for a reset on infrastructure—and we should take it

Opinion|Mark Romoff
We’ll have to carefully consider how this pandemic has reshaped the types of infrastructure we need, as well as how we plan our communities in this new era of social distancing and working from home en masse.
Opinion|Bill Karsten
We’ve funded more than 1,300 projects to improve air, water, and soil quality across Canada—creating jobs and building better lives in cities and communities in every province and territory.
We have a golden opportunity to do it right when we do go back to a new normal, but that won’t happen without putting in the effort to make these changes now.
With the uncertainty caused by multiple daily announcements on COVID-19, any additional stability and certainty governments provide could be more impactful than committing significant new dollars.
If we do it right, it not only creates jobs and drives economic development, but it also helps us create stronger, more resilient communities with a better standard of life for everyone.
Green-infrastructure groups are also hoping to capitalize on Infrastructure Minister Catherine McKenna's past experience as environment minister.
Opinion|Philip Cross
The experience of other nations confirms that just spending more on infrastructure without the over-riding goal of boosting productivity does not help the economy.
It is up to the government to do its homework, to be more transparent and to trust its provincial, municipal, and Indigenous partners.

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