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POLICY - TRADE & INFRASTRUCTURE
Infrastructure Minister François-Philippe Champagne, pictured, is the minister responsible for the Canada Infrastructure Bank, which has a big role to play in transforming remote and northern Canada, says the Mining Association of Canada’s Brendan Marshall. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

The North needs more infrastructure to unlock its wealth potential

The future of Canada’s mining industry lies increasingly in remote and northern regions, but the infrastructure deficit challenges project economics in this part of the country.
In my experience, there is almost no kind of infrastructure, from bike lanes to pipelines, that someone somewhere won’t oppose.
News|Neil Moss
Critics point to the Canadian Infrastructure Bank providing a loan for a Montreal transportation project, which was originally highlighted as a potential investment opportunity.
The impact of the government’s infrastructure investments is real and can be seen every day in improvements to public transit, roads, and water and wastewater systems across the country.
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