Budget 2016 Highlights – Indigenous and Northern Investments

Indigenous Investments

A Better Future for Indigenous Peoples

Budget 2016 proposes to invest $8.4 billion over five years, beginning in 2016–17, to improve the socio-economic conditions of Indigenous peoples and their communities and bring about transformational change. The proposed investments in education, infrastructure, training and other programs will directly contribute to a better quality of life for Indigenous peoples and a stronger, more unified, and prosperous Canada.

Establishing a New Relationship with First Nations

Ensuring the Safety and Well-Being of First Nations Children

Improving Primary and Secondary Education for First Nations Children

Supporting Early Learning and Child Care

Aboriginal Skills and Employment Training Strategy

A Renewed Youth Employment Strategy

Métis Nation Economic Development Strategy

Investing in Social Infrastructure to Create Inclusive Growth

Improving Housing in First Nations Communities

Supporting Northern and Inuit Housing

Fostering Better Learning Environments by Investing in First Nations Schools

Strengthening on Reserve Water and Wastewater Infrastructure

Investing in Community Infrastructure

Providing Safe Shelter for Victims of Violence

Investing in Cultural and Recreational Infrastructure

Improving Community Health Care Facilities on Reserve

Investing in Green Infrastructure on Reserve

Monitoring of Water on Reserve

Addressing Waste Management for First Nations Communities

Supporting Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Development

National Inquiry Into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls

Engaging with Indigenous Peoples

Renewing the Urban Aboriginal Strategy

Support for the First Nations Finance Authority

Assisting Indigenous Peoples Facing the Criminal Justice System

Supporting First Nations Fishing Enterprises

Providing Free Access and Expanding the National Park System

Strengthening Canada's Environmental Assessment Processes: Restoring trust in environmental assessment

Supporting the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency

Aboriginal Languages Initiative

Budget 2016 Highlights – Northern Investments

A strong, diversified, sustainable and dynamic economy for Northerners, including Indigenous peoples, contributes to Canada's prosperity. The measures proposed in Budget 2016 focus on a wide variety of areas, including infrastructure, climate change, affordable housing, education, physical and mental health, sustainable economic development, renewable energy, environmental protection and evidence-based research.

Taken together, the funding proposed in Budget 2016 will enable the North to build upon its strengths, helping to fuel economic growth and position the North to succeed in a global economy, while securing its fragile ecosystem and unique environment and wildlife.

Many of these measures also cut across traditional departmental lines. The North belongs to all Canadians, and a number of federal departments will be working together to implement these initiatives. Highlights of Budget 2016 include:

Expanding Nutrition North Canada

Supporting Northern and Inuit Housing

Federal Contaminated Sites

Supporting Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Development

Securing a Cleaner, More Sustainable Environment: Adapting to Climate Change Impacts

Taking Stock of the Arctic Environment

Strengthening Northern Economic Development

Improving Regulatory Review Processes for Major Projects in the North

Other Northern Investments

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