Transportation infrastructure is a critical public asset that affects people’s everyday lives and business competitiveness, while also playing a key role in long-term economic growth and development. Conversely, poorly maintained infrastructure delivers a lower quality of services, costs more to repair and replace, and can increase risks to health and safety. Traffic congestion has become the number one issue affecting economic growth and social prosperity in Ontario. Eliminating the staggering infrastructure deficit currently facing municipalities as well as expanding our existing transportation infrastructure will place municipalities and Ontario at a competitive advantage.
While Canada has seen major investments in transportation infrastructure over its long history, the investment in infrastructure hasn’t kept pace with today’s population growth.
Source: Canadian Construction Association, September 2015
Municipalities own almost 50 percent of Ontario’s public infrastructure; more than double the provincial (12.4 percent) and federal governments (9.2 percent) combined. According to the Association of Municipalities of Ontario, Ontario’s municipalities are responsible for maintaining more than 15,000 bridges and large culverts and more than 140,000 kilometres of roads. Municipalities are currently facing an infrastructure deficit of over $60 billion, of which $28 billion accounts for the infrastructure gap for roads and bridges alone.
2016 Canadian Infrastructure Report Card
Source: Informing the Future: The Canadian Infrastructure Report Card © 2016.