CANADIAN CONSTRUCTION ASSOCIATION
Report on Infrastructure
Calls for Greater and Urgent
Investment in Core Works
By the Canadian Construction Association
Canada’s public infrastructure requires urgent attention
in the coming decades in order to reverse the current
state of disrepair, according to the 2019 edition of the
Canadian Infrastructure Report Card (CIRC).
“Data from the report revealed that Canada’s public infrastructure
is at serious risk,” said Mary Van Buren, Canadian Construction
Association (CCA) president. “It will require rehabilitation and replacement
in the next few decades to ensure services provided continue
to meet the needs of communities.”
The report, released by founding CIRC partners (CCA, Canadian
Public Works Association, Canadian Society for Civil Engineering
and the Federation for Canadian Municipalities), provides a timely
update on the state of Canada’s public infrastructure across all core
public infrastructure asset categories: roads and bridges; culture,
recreation and sports facilities; potable water; wastewater; stormwater;
public transit; and solid waste.
The Canadian Urban Transit Association, Canadian Network
of Asset Managers and Association of Consulting Engineering
Companies (ACEC) also participated in the 2019 edition.
Key takeaways and next steps
Evidence informing the 2019 report shows that a concerning
amount of municipal infrastructure is in poor or very poor
condition. Infrastructure in this condition represents an immediate
need for action, as the rehabilitation or replacement of these assets
is required in the next five to 10 years to ensure that the services it
provides continue to meet the community’s expectations.
An even larger proportion of municipal infrastructure is in fair condition.
Infrastructure in this condition represents a view of things to
come in the medium- to long-term. This infrastructure will continue
to deteriorate over the next decade, falling into poor and very poor
condition if rehabilitation or replacement actions are not taken.
“CCA has made infrastructure a cornerstone of its
#Construction4CDNs advocacy campaign,” said Van Buren. “The
recent release of the CIRC only strengthens our resolve in calling
for a long-term 25-year blueprint for infrastructure spending in this
country to ensure assets are routinely monitored and restored, preventing
them from falling into such serious states of disrepair.”
The 2019 Canadian Infrastructure Report Card can be found online
Evidence informing the 2019 report shows that a concerning amount
of municipal infrastructure is in poor or very poor condition.
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