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About us

Housing, Infrastructure and Communities Canada makes significant investments in housing and public infrastructure, addresses homelessness needs, builds public-private-partnerships, and delivers programs that improve Canadians' quality of life by making our communities more resilient, accessible and inclusive, while creating jobs and supporting economic growth.

Our mission

To help all communities thrive by making public infrastructure more sustainable, inclusive, and climate resilient, and housing more available and affordable.

Our mandate

Housing, Infrastructure and Communities Canada's policies, programs and investments help build sustainable, inclusive and climate resilient communities while addressing challenges Canadians face every day, including access to:

  • safe and affordable housing;
  • modern and accessible public transit;
  • climate resilient infrastructure to protect communities in the face of climate change;
  • safe and clean water; and
  • inclusive cultural and recreational community spaces.

We do this by:

  • investing in housing and infrastructure that fosters more inclusive and sustainable Canadian communities and supporting efforts to prevent and eliminate chronic homelessness;
  • collaborating with all orders of government, Indigenous communities and key stakeholders to create world-class, modern public infrastructure, reliable public transit systems, and affordable housing;
  • working with Indigenous partners, crown agencies, other levels of government, and the private sector to address housing needs and deliver major infrastructure projects, and leveraging alternative financing and investment options to promote economic growth;
  • supporting 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; and
  • conducting research and economic analysis and collecting data to identify community priorities and supporting long-term planning toward a net-zero, low-carbon, and climate-resilient future.

Our organizational structure

Housing, Infrastructure and Communities Canada consists of policy, program and internal services groups working at our headquarters in Ottawa, in regional offices in Montreal and Vancouver, and in various other cities across the country.

The department is led by our Deputy Minister and serves the Minister of Housing, Infrastructure and Communities.   

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.

For more information about our portfolio partners, visit our Portfolio page.

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