Report Card on Local Government Infrastructure Released

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities has released the first ever report card on the state of local government infrastructure in Canada. The report card provides a snapshot of the state of public infrastructure in 2009-10. The report was developed as a joint project the Canadian Construction Association (CCA), the Canadian Public Works Association (CPWA), and the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering (CSCE), with FCM as the lead.

The full report provides an assessment of the condition of four primary asset categories of municipal infrastructure: drinking-water systems, wastewater and stormwater networks, and municipal roads. The report card features the most comprehensive analysis and reporting to date on Canada's municipal infrastructure.

The report card is well timed. Following two decades of declining public investment in infrastructure, all governments have begun to reverse this trend by significantly increasing investment in the transportation, water and wastewater systems upon which Canadians rely each day.

With the Government of Canada's primary infrastructure program, the Building Canada Fund, due to expire in 2014, work is underway to develop a new long-term infrastructure plan. FCM's report underscores that building and renewing the infrastructure that is key to our continued economic vitality as a country.

The Report Card shows Canada's core infrastructure is at risk in the following ways:
  • A third of all infrastructure surveyed needs significant improvement. As this work is deferred, the repair bill increases, as do the chances of a serious infrastructure collapse.
  • More than half of the country's municipal roads are in urgent need of repair, and one out of every four is overcrowded, leading to traffic gridlock.
  • There are significant gaps in Canada's municipal water and wastewater infrastructure. 15% of all municipal drinking water systems need immediate repair; one out every four wastewater treatment plants need to be rebuilt or replaced to meet new federal regulations.
You can read the full report at www.canadainfrastructure.ca

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