ACEC Applauds the Federal Government's Action on Creating a Long-Term Infrastructure Plan

OTTAWA, Nov. 30, 2011 /CNW/ - The Association of Consulting Engineering Companies - Canada (ACEC) applauds today's announcement by the federal government and its first steps towards a long-term infrastructure plan.

The plan put forward by Minister Lebel is consistent with ACEC's recent position paper on long-term infrastructure investment. ACEC's recommendations have received support from MPs on all sides of the house and from other stakeholders. The initial steps announced today will take stock of what the government and its partners have accomplished to date; identify knowledge gaps and priorities to be addressed; and discuss with partners and stakeholders the broad principles and orientation of a long-term plan.

"We believe that infrastructure is an investment - not an expense. The approach put forward by the government today will provide a strong foundation for a long-term plan that can build upon the success of the Building Canada Fund," stated ACEC president John Gamble, P.Eng. "Through proper preparation and a strategic approach to infrastructure planning, Canadians will receive the best return on that investment."

ACEC looks forward to engaging in this process and participating in the important discussions that will shape a long-term plan to meet the future infrastructure needs of Canadians.

To view the ACEC Position Paper - The Benefits of Infrastructure Investment visit: http://www.acec.ca/en/docs/services/publications/misc/ACECPositionPaper.pdf

The Association of Consulting Engineering Companies - Canada represents companies in Canada that provide professional engineering services to both public and private-sector clients. These services include the planning, design and execution of all types of engineering projects, as well as providing independent advice and expertise in a wide range of engineering and engineering-related fields. For more information about ACEC, please visit www.acec.ca.

Image with caption: "Pictured from right: Susie Grynol, Vice President, Policy and Public Affairs with the Association of Consulting Engineering Companies; Mr. Pierre Poilievre, Member of Parliament for Nepean-Carleton; The Hon. Denis Lebel, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities; Mr. Steve Desroches, Deputy Mayor of Ottawa and Councillor for Gloucester-South Nepean; and Berry Vrbanovic, President of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities. (CNW Group/Association of Consulting Engineering Companies)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20111130_C2644_PHOTO_EN_7672.jpg

SOURCE Association of Consulting Engineering Companies

For further information:

Nadine Boudreau, Communications Coordinator
nboudreau@acec.ca
(613) 236-0569

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