Report assesses health of Canadian municipal infrastructure

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A report on the state of the Canadian municipal infrastructure was recently released showing an urgent need for reinvestment. Photo ©

The Canadian Construction Association (CCA) released “Informing the Future: The 2016 Canadian Infrastructure Report Card,” which demonstrates the urgent need for sustained strategic infrastructure investment across Canadian municipalities.

The report found almost 60 per cent of Canada’s core public infrastructure—including bridges, roads, transit lines, and water infrastructure—is owned and maintained by municipal governments. It also found one-third of those governments’ infrastructure is either in fair, poor, or very poor conditions.

The study assesses the state of municipal roads, bridges, public transit, buildings, sport and recreation facilities, stormwater, wastewater, and potable water infrastructure. It shows the current reinvestment levels are not meeting infrastructure needs, suggesting that continuing down this path will result in a gradual decline of physical condition levels to impact municipal services and increase repair costs in the future.

“Canada’s aging infrastructure is in need of consideration reinvestment,” said CCA president, Michael Atkinson. “While it is important to invest in a new addition to your house if you need the space, you cannot do it and neglect the leaky roof on the existing home. In the end, you need to do both to ensure the value of the home is retained.”

CCA collaborated with the Canadian Public Works Association (CPWA), the Canadian Society of Civil Engineers (CSCE), and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) to create this report. To read it in full, click here. 

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