OTTAWA, Sept. 11, 2012 /CNW/ - Canada's municipal infrastructure is at
risk, with more than half of municipal roads requiring significant
repairs and one in four wastewater plants needing major upgrades. This
was the key finding of the first-ever Canadian Infrastructure Report
Card, a major study released today by the Federation of Canadian
Municipalities (FCM) and three industry partner organizations.
"The report card shows that core municipal infrastructure like roads and
water systems, assets critical to Canada's health, safety and economic
prosperity, are at risk," said FCM President Karen Leibovici, speaking
today at a news conference in Ottawa. "Investments in infrastructure
over the last few years have helped, but without long-term action we
are still headed for a crisis."
The report card, which surveyed more than 120 municipalities
representing 60% of the Canadian population, says more than half of
municipal roads are falling apart beneath our tires. One in four roads
is over capacity, transporting far more people and goods than it was
designed to handle. And one in four wastewater treatment plants needs
to be upgraded or replaced to meet new federal standards introduced
this summer, at a cost of at least $20 billion.
Without immediate improvement and ongoing maintenance, the cost of
fixing or replacing the assets studied will explode over the next
"Two billion dollars in federal funding for local governments is going
to lapse by March 2014," Leibovici said. "The new federal long-term
infrastructure plan is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to put our
essential infrastructure back on solid ground. Municipalities are ready
to work with all partners - federal, provincial, territorial, and the
private sector - to fix the problem once and for all."
The FCM partnered with the Canadian Construction Association (CCA), the
Canadian Public Works Association (CPWA) and the Canadian Society for
Civil Engineering (CSCE) to deliver the report card. This marks the
first time a group of national stakeholders worked together to measure
the state and performance of municipal infrastructure from one end of
Canada to the other.
Leibovici was joined at today's news conference by FCM Vice-President
Claude Dauphin, CCA President Michael Atkinson, CPWA President Darwin
Durnie, and CSCE Senior Vice-President Reg Andres.
This first edition of the report card measured the condition of
municipal roads, drinking water, wastewater, and storm water systems.
Future studies, which the FCM and its partners plan to release on a
regular basis, will look at other assets such as housing and transit.
The full report card, as well as background information and supporting
documents, can be viewed at www.canadainfrastructure.ca, a new website launched today.
FCM is the national voice of Canada's municipalities, speaking for
almost 2,000 cities and communities representing 90 percent of Canada's
population. FCM's Board of Directors comprises elected municipal
officials and affiliate members from all regions and various-sized
communities across the country.
SOURCE: FEDERATION OF CANADIAN MUNICIPALITIES
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