About Infrastructure Canada

Raison d'être, mandate and role: who we are and what we do

Raison d'être

Public infrastructure projects address challenges Canadians face every day. The mission of Infrastructure Canada is to improve the quality of life of Canadians by creating jobs and economic growth, supporting climate resilience, and building a stronger and more inclusive Canada. Infrastructure Canada makes significant investments in public infrastructure, builds public-private-partnerships, develops policies and delivers programs to improve the lives of all Canadians.

Infrastructure Canada serves the Minister of Housing, Infrastructure and Communities. 

Mandate and role

Infrastructure Canada is a Government of Canada department that:

  • collaborates with all orders of government, Indigenous communities and other stakeholders to create world-class, modern public infrastructure;
  • invests in infrastructure to foster more inclusive and sustainable Canadian communities, including public transit and efforts to prevent and eliminate chronic homelessness;
  • conducts research and economic analysis and collects data to identify the priorities of communities and supports long-term planning toward a net-zero, low-carbon, and  climate-resilient future;
  • works with Crown agencies and the private sector to deliver major infrastructure projects, and leverages alternative financing and investment options, to promote economic growth; and,
  • supports climate-ready structural and natural infrastructure projects to mitigate the impacts of natural disasters triggered by climate change and help communities adapt and build resilience.

For information on mandate letter commitments, see the mandate letters for the Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities and the Minister of Housing and Diversity and Inclusion.