The COVID-19 pandemic is unprecedented in its impact on everyday life, health and the economy. Provincial governments have responded in differing ways, and Merit Canada supports the actions of public health officials and elected leaders.

But now is not too soon to begin the planning and intergovernmental work required to get infrastructure projects “shovel ready” to support a robust, national economic recovery. Laying the groundwork now for infrastructure stimulus spending for the COVID-19 recovery period will provide the critical lead-time for federal, provincial and municipal officials to secure any required project permits and regulatory approvals and to complete legal obligations to consult and accommodate Indigenous Nations (where applicable).

See our April 7 letter to Finance Minister Bill Morneau

See our April 14 letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau