Government of Canada and Canadian Standards Association Partner to Improve Infrastructure

    Infrastructure Solutions Project to Give Canadians Stronger, Safer,
    Better Infrastructure

    OTTAWA, Aug. 6 /CNW/ - Canadians will benefit from infrastructure that is
better planned and managed as a result of an agreement between the Government
of Canada and the Canadian Standards Association (CSA). Drawing on its
expertise in standards setting and training, the CSA will provide innovative
solutions to infrastructure challenges through the development of best
practice guides, new standards, and training modules for the practitioners
responsible for most of our infrastructure. This initiative will provide
municipalities with additional expert knowledge and advice in developing and
managing the strongest, safest and best infrastructure possible. The
Infrastructure Solutions Project will result in more effective and
cost-efficient infrastructure projects - saving taxpayers' dollars while
improving our vital infrastructure.
    The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and
Communities, together with Suzanne Kiraly, President, Standards, CSA, today
announced that the Government of Canada is providing up to $1.5 million
towards this initiative through its first two years of operation.
    "As infrastructure funding has reached a historic level in Canada with
this Government's $33 billion infrastructure plan Building Canada, this
partnership will provide municipalities with the expertise they need to build
modern, world-class public infrastructure," said Minister Cannon. "The
Infrastructure Solutions Project will provide the tools to address several
infrastructure challenges, including responding to population growth and
addressing increasing stress on storm water systems caused by changing weather
patterns. With this new program, we are delivering on our Government's
commitment for a stronger economy, a cleaner environment and better
    CSA will coordinate volunteer experts to develop these tools for
municipalities which reflect the issues and concerns of today's infrastructure
planners and managers. A key goal is to update management practices and foster
skills development within municipalities to ensure our infrastructure is
designed for and adapted to a changing climate.
    "CSA's extensive history and expertise in developing infrastructure
standards makes it ideally suited to work with the Government of Canada to
deliver innovative solutions" said Ms. Kiraly, President, Standards, CSA. "We
welcome the opportunity to collaborate on this important project with
Infrastructure Canada that will lead to the delivery of standardized
approaches and consensus standards, along with guidelines and training
products to help cities and towns across Canada."

    The Infrastructure Solutions Project will be administered and marketed by
CSA. Municipalities and municipal service providers should be able to access
the Infrastructure Solutions Project's first training modules by early 2009.
Additional partnership and funding opportunities will also be sought from
stakeholders that wish to support the long term sustainability of the Project.

    Building Canada is the Government of Canada's unprecedented $33 billion
infrastructure plan - the largest single federal commitment for provincial,
territorial and municipal infrastructure in Canadian history. Through Building
Canada, the Government is providing long-term, stable and predictable funding
to help meet infrastructure needs across the country. Building Canada supports
a stronger, safer and better country. For more information on the Building
Canada plan, please visit

    Canadian Standards Association (CSA) is a membership association serving
industry, government, consumers and other interested parties in Canada and the
global marketplace. As a leading solutions-based standards organization,
providing standards and codes development, application products, training and
advisory services, CSA aims to enhance public safety, improve quality of life,
preserve the environment and facilitate trade. For more information visit

For further information:

For further information: Karine White, Press Secretary, Office of the
Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, (613) 991-0700,
Infrastructure Canada, (613) 948-1148; Anthony Toderian, Senior Media
Relations Officer, CSA Group, (416) 747-2620,

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