Canadian Automobile Association (CAA)

Canadian Automobile Association (CAA)

April 26, 2011 11:57 ET

CAA: Infrastructure Deficit Remains a Concern for Canadians

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 26, 2011) - The Canadian Automobile Association released data today that showed more than half of Canadians believe the state of Canada's roads and highways is "getting worse", despite substantial recent federal investments, and called on federal political parties to redouble their efforts to address the issue.

  • Nationwide, (50%) of Canadians say the state of Canada's road and highway infrastructure is "getting worse", while only 12% believe it is "getting better."
  • While 42% of Canadians say that infrastructure investments made over the past two years under the federal Conservative government have improved road and highway infrastructure in their communities, another 45% say they have not observed improvements.
  • Twice as many Canadians say their commute times have increased (24%) rather than decreased (11%) over the past five years – causing a negative impact on the economy, the environment, and quality of life.

"Infrastructure is the lifeblood of our economy and transportation system, and Canadians know there remains a substantial infrastructure deficit across the country", said Jeff Walker, VP public affairs for the CAA.

"Now is the time for political leaders to embrace this challenge in a cohesive, innovative way. We need a long-term plan, inclusive of roads and highways, transit, cyclist and pedestrian needs, and one that will integrate state-of-the-art technological systems and practices into Canada's infrastructure."

CAA's online survey of 5,000 Canadians included 4,000 CAA members and 1,000 non-members.

CAA is a federation of nine clubs providing more than 5.6 million members with exceptional emergency roadside service, complete automotive and travel services, member savings and comprehensive insurance services. CAA also advocates on issues of concern to its members, including road safety, the environment, mobility, infrastructure and consumer protection.

Contact Information

  • To book an interview with Jeff Walker today:
    Canadian Automobile Association
    Alayne Crawford
    Manager, Public Affairs
    613-796-9404
    acrawford@national.caa.ca