According to the 2016 Canadian Infrastructure Report Card (CIRC) one third of Canadian municipal infrastructure is at risk of rapid deterioration.
Average Physical Condition Rating of Canadian Municipal Infrastructure
Released today, the CIRC assessed the state of municipally-owned roads and bridges, public transit, buildings, sport and recreation facilities, stormwater, wastewater and potable water infrastructure. The CIRC is the result of a partnership between the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM), the Canadian Construction Association, the Canadian Public Works Association, the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering, the Canadian Urban Transit Association, and the Canadian Parks and Recreation Association.
Other findings include:
- municipalities own the core infrastructure assets that are critical to the quality of life of Canadians
- current reinvestment levels will result in a decline of the condition of most infrastructure over time
- increasing reinvestment rates could help stop the deterioration of municipal infrastructure
- increasing reinvestment rates could help save money in the long-term
The CIRC comes as the federal government is considering changes to the way that it normally funds infrastructure projects. Infrastructure Minister Amarjeet Sohi has indicated that the federal government may be willing to pick up costs that would normally be the responsibility of municipalities and the provinces, in order to cover capacity gaps from those two levels of government.
Read the full infrastructure report card here.