2015 Federal Election Results

In Monday’s federal election, Justin Trudeau’s Liberals won a majority government by capturing 184 of the 338 seats in Parliament.   The Conservatives won 99 seats, and will form the Official Opposition.   The New Democratic Party (NDP) captured 44 seats, the Bloc Quebecois 10 seats, and the Green Party one seat.

Of British Columbia’s 42 seats within Parliament, the Liberals secured 17 seats; the NDP 14 seats; the Conservatives 10 seats; and the Green Party one seat.  BC’s new Members of Parliament (MPs) also have strong ties to local government, as one third of the new MPs have Council or Board experience.

The Liberal Party has made significant election commitments of interest to local governments including:

Infrastructure

  • Investing $19.7 billion over ten years in the Green Infrastructure Fund, which would provide funding for projects such as local water and wastewater, climate resilient infrastructure and clean energy.
  • Proposed funding is $1.675 billion in both 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 and $1.15 billion in both 2018-2019 and 2019-2020. The Liberal Party has not confirmed the amount that would be dedicated to local government projects.
  • Ensure “long-term predictability” for local governments, provinces and territories.
  • Automatically transfer any uncommitted federal infrastructure funds near the end of any fiscal year to local governments, through a temporary top-up of the Gas Tax Fund.
  • Remove the P3 screen for the New Building Canada Fund and new infrastructure funds.
  • Establish the Canadian Infrastructure Bank to provide low-cost financing to local governments to build their infrastructure projects.
  • Issue Green Bonds to make green infrastructure projects more attractive to private investors.

Transit

  • Invest $19.7 billion over 10 years in public transit, including both new capital construction and state of good repair.
  • Proposed funding is $1.675 billion in both 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 and $1.15 billion in both 2018-2019 and 2019-2020. The Liberal Party has not confirmed the amount that would be dedicated to local government projects.

Housing

  • Invest $19.7 billion in social infrastructure over ten years, including affordable housing and seniors’ facilities, early learning and childcare, and cultural or recreational infrastructure.
  • Proposed funding for social infrastructure will total $5.65 billion in the first four years, to begin at $1.675 billion in 2016-2017. The Liberal Party has not yet confirmed the amount of funding that would be dedicated to its affordable housing commitments.
  • Renew federal leadership in affordable housing, help build more housing units, refurbish existing ones, renew existing co-operative agreements, and provide operational funding support for local governments.
  • Direct the CMHC and the new Canada Infrastructure Bank to provide financing to support construction of new, affordable rental housing.

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