Canada's Consulting Engineering Firms call for National Infrastructure Strategy

Plan to build upon success of  Building Canada Program

OTTAWA, Nov. 1, 2011 /CNW/ - The Association of Consulting Engineering Companies - Canada (ACEC) is calling on the federal government to develop and implement a national, long-term infrastructure plan to address the country's urgent need for greater investment in this vital area. A long term infrastructure plan is consistent with the government's balanced budget approach, and can be developed over the next three years and implemented when the current Building Canada Program expires in 2014.

"The stimulus program of the past two years has been very helpful," said John Gamble, President of ACEC. "However, it officially came to an end yesterday, and the nature and constant use of infrastructure dictates that a predictable, long-term approach be applied to its funding and development. It will also give Canada the double bottom line of increased competitiveness and enhanced quality of life."

Multiple studies conclude that infrastructure investment in Canada has significantly declined since the 1960s, making the commitment to a long-term plan both necessary and timely.

"This goal is consistent with the important objective of balanced budgets," continued Gamble. "Indeed, more efficient infrastructure will help improve the productivity and competitiveness of the Canadian economy. Our recommendations to the federal government are completely consistent with sound fiscal management. Allocating resources to renewed infrastructure across Canada is one of the very best investments the federal government can make for the long term prosperity of Canadians."

Previous federal budgets note that "Canada's quality of life and economic competitiveness depend in part on having reliable, efficient infrastructure." ACEC calls on all parties to continue their support for our nation's infrastructure and fulfill their election commitments to develop a long-term, predictable and sustainable strategy to fund its construction and renewal.

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

SOURCE Association of Consulting Engineering Companies

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