Federal Initiatives in Support of Post-Secondary Education, Public Transit and Affordable Housing (C-48)

In 2006, the Government established five third-party trusts to provide $3.3 billion in federal financial support to help provinces and territories deal with immediate pressures in post-secondary education, housing and public transit. Provinces and territories had the flexibility to draw down funds as they require up to end of the lifespan of each individual trust.

  • $1 billion for post-secondary education infrastructure to support investments to promote innovation and accessibility, including investments in university and college infrastructure and equipment. Funding was notionally allocated over two years (2006-07 and 2007-08) on an equal per capita basis among provinces and territories.
  • $900 million for public transit capital in support of capital investments in public transit infrastructure both as a means to reduce traffic congestion and to reduce carbon dioxide and other emissions in order to contribute to Canada's climate change and environmental goals. Funding was notionally allocated over three years (2006-07 to 2008-09) on an equal per capita basis among provinces and territories.
  • $800 million for affordable housing to help address short-term pressures with regard to the supply of affordable housing. Funding was notionally allocated over three years (2006-07 to 2008-09) on an equal per capita basis among provinces and territories.
  • $300 million for Northern housing to help meet short-term pressures with regard to the supply of affordable housing in the North. Funding was notionally allocated over three years (2006-07 to 2008-09) among the three territories as follows: $50 million each for the Yukon, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut, plus an additional $150 million for urgent needs in Nunavut.
  • $300 million for off-reserve Aboriginal housing to help provinces address short-term housing needs for Aboriginal Canadians living off-reserve. Funding was notionally allocated over three years (2006-07 to 2008-09) among provinces based on the provincial share of the Aboriginal population living off-reserve.
Allocation of $3.3 billion
Funding through Bill C-48
  2006-07 2007-08 2008-09 Total
  ($ millions)
Newfoundland and Labrador 20.1 20.0 10.5 50.6
Prince Edward Island 4.9 4.9 2.3 12.2
Nova Scotia 34.4 34.2 16.9 85.4
New Brunswick 27.7 27.5 13.7 68.9
Quebec 271.1 270.4 129.5 670.9
Ontario 455.2 456.3 222.5 1,134.1
Manitoba 50.8 50.7 28.9 130.4
Saskatchewan 42.3 42.0 23.7 108.1
Alberta 127.4 127.7 67.0 322.2
British Columbia 162.3 162.7 83.4 408.5
Yukon 17.7 17.7 17.1 52.6
Northwest Territories 18.1 18.2 17.3 53.6
Nunavut 67.7 67.7 67.1 202.5
 
TOTAL 1,300.0 1,300.0 700.0 3,300.0
Note: Totals may not add due to rounding.
Post-Secondary Education Infrastructure Trust
Equal per Capita Provincial/Territorial Allocation
  2006-07 2007-08 Total
  ($ millions)
Newfoundland and Labrador 7.9 7.8 15.8
Prince Edward Island 2.1 2.1 4.3
Nova Scotia 14.4 14.4 28.8
New Brunswick 11.6 11.5 23.1
Quebec 117.4 117.1 234.5
Ontario 194.8 195.3 390.0
Manitoba 18.2 18.1 36.3
Saskatchewan 15.3 15.1 30.3
Alberta 50.6 50.7 101.3
British Columbia 66.1 66.3 132.3
Yukon 0.48 0.47 0.95
Northwest Territories 0.67 0.67 1.35
Nunavut 0.46 0.46 0.92
 
TOTAL 500.0 500.0 1,000.0
Note: Totals may not add due to rounding.
Public Transit Capital Trust
Equal per Capita Provincial/Territorial Allocation
  2006-07 2007-08 2008-09 Total
  ($ millions)
Newfoundland and Labrador 4.8 4.7 4.7 14.1
Prince Edward Island 1.3 1.3 1.3 3.8
Nova Scotia 8.7 8.6 8.6 25.8
New Brunswick 6.9 6.9 6.8 20.7
Quebec 70.5 70.3 70.1 210.8
Ontario 116.9 117.2 117.5 351.5
Manitoba 10.9 10.9 10.8 32.6
Saskatchewan 9.2 9.1 9.0 27.2
Alberta 30.3 30.4 30.5 91.3
British Columbia 39.6 39.8 39.9 119.3
Yukon 0.29 0.28 0.28 0.85
Northwest Territories 0.40 0.40 0.41 1.21
Nunavut 0.28 0.28 0.28 0.83
 
TOTAL 300.0 300.0 300.0 900.0
Note: Totals may not add due to rounding.
Affordable Housing Trust
Equal per Capita Provincial/Territorial Allocation
  2006-07 2007-08 2008-09 Total
  ($ millions)
Newfoundland and Labrador 4.8 4.7 3.1 12.6
Prince Edward Island 1.3 1.3 0.8 3.4
Nova Scotia 8.7 8.6 5.7 23.0
New Brunswick 6.9 6.9 4.6 18.4
Quebec 70.5 70.3 46.7 187.4
Ontario 116.9 117.2 78.3 312.3
Manitoba 10.9 10.9 7.2 29.0
Saskatchewan 9.2 9.1 6.0 24.2
Alberta 30.3 30.4 20.4 81.1
British Columbia 39.6 39.8 26.6 106.0
Yukon 0.29 0.28 0.19 0.76
Northwest Territories 0.40 0.40 0.27 1.08
Nunavut 0.28 0.28 0.18 0.74
 
TOTAL 300.0 300.0 200.0 800.0
Note: Totals may not add due to rounding.
Off-Reserve Aboriginal Housing Trust
  2006-07 2007-08 2008-09 Total
  ($ millions)
Newfoundland and Labrador 2.7 2.7 2.7 8.2
Prince Edward Island 0.2 0.2 0.2 0.7
Nova Scotia 2.6 2.6 2.6 7.8
New Brunswick 2.2 2.2 2.2 6.7
Quebec 12.7 12.7 12.7 38.2
Ontario 26.7 26.7 26.7 80.2
Manitoba 10.8 10.8 10.8 32.5
Saskatchewan 8.8 8.8 8.8 26.4
Alberta 16.1 16.1 16.1 48.4
British Columbia 17.0 17.0 17.0 50.9
 
TOTAL 100.0 100.0 100.0 300.00
Note: Population shares for Aboriginal Canadians living off-reserve based on 2001 census. Totals may not add due to rounding.
Northern Housing Trust
  2006-07 2007-08 2008-09 Total
  ($ millions)
Yukon 16.7 16.7 16.7 50.0
Northwest Territories 16.7 16.7 16.7 50.0
Nunavut 66.7 66.7 66.7 200.0
 
TOTAL 100.0 100.0 100.0 300.0
Note: Totals may not add due to rounding.

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