Canadian Construction Association

Canadian Construction Association

January 11, 2006 12:45 ET

Canadian Construction Association Applauds Conservative Plan to Invest in Canada's Roads and Highways

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Jan. 11, 2006) - The Canadian Construction Association (CCA) today welcomed the announcement by Conservative Leader Stephen Harper that a future Conservative government would create a stand-alone infrastructure program to invest in Canada's roads, highways, and border crossings. The announcement was made at the Annual Conference of the Road Builders Association of New Brunswick in Fredericton.

The program announced today by Mr. Harper will invest $2 billion over five years into Canada's roads, highways, and border crossings. Funding will be ramped up over a five year time frame, eventually reaching $600 million per year, and will stay at that level indefinitely thereafter. This program would be in addition to existing federal infrastructure programs, which would also be renewed and extended under the Conservative plan.

This announcement comes on the heels of a national campaign launched last fall called the "Fix Our Highways" coalition. This coalition - which included the Canadian Trucking Alliance, the Association of Consulting Engineers of Canada, the Tourism Industry Association of Canada, the Canadian Bus Association, and the Canadian Construction Association - called for a permanent, dedicated highway program of the sort announced by Mr. Harper today.

"Today's announcement by Mr. Harper responds to a need identified by CCA for over twenty years," stated Michael Atkinson, President of the Canadian Construction Association. "Underfunded road and highway networks are costing Canadians lost productivity, lost economic opportunities, travel and commuting time, and most importantly, poor roads and highways are costing Canadians their lives," he added.

"Today's announcement is good news for all Canadians," stated Jeff Morrison from Fredericton, spokesperson for the Fix Our Highways coalition. "At a time when the federal government is amassing record revenue from the federal gas tax, but only reinvesting a small fraction of that amount in our road and highway networks, the time is right for Ottawa to recognize the need and importance of a quality road and highway infrastructure network throughout Canada", he added.

Contact Information

  • Canadian Construction Association
    Jeff Morrison
    (613) 294-3033 (cell)