Canadian infrastructure report card updated ahead of federal election
October 8, 2019
The 2019 Canadian Infrastructure Report Card, released yesterday ahead of the federal election, calls for long-term investments in the renewal of public infrastructure that it finds is aging, in poor condition and at risk.
The following are some of the report’s findings:
- Nearly 40% of roads and bridges are in fair, poor or very poor condition; roughly 80% are more than 20 years old.
- Between 30% and 35% of recreational and cultural facilities are in fair, poor or very poor condition. In some categories, including pools, libraries and community centres, more than 60% are at least 20 years old.
- Approximately 30% of watermains, sewers and related infrastructure are in fair, poor or very poor condition.
“In light of these findings, Canadians should be concerned,” says John Gamble, president and CEO of the Association of Consulting Engineering Companies (ACEC), which helped produce the report. “Without urgent action, the services we rely on today will be at risk in the next decade. While successive federal government have responded with significant commitments, there is still much more to do.”
Building off similar initiatives in 2012 and 2016, ACEC co-developed the 2019 report with the Canadian Construction Association (CCA), Canadian Parks and Recreation Association (CPRA), Canadian Public Works Association (CPWA), the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering (CSCE), Canadian Urban Transit Association (CUTA), Canadian Network of Asset Managers (CNAM) and Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM).
The report can be downloaded here.