Canadian Construction Association

Canadian Construction Association

August 12, 2005 12:39 ET

Canadian Construction Association Applauds Premiers' Commitment to Improving Canada's Transportation Infrastructure

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Aug. 12, 2005) - The Canadian Construction Association today applauded Canada's provincial and territorial leaders meeting at the Annual Council of the Federation Conference in Banff, Alberta for making transportation infrastructure one of their key priority issues. In particular, Premiers announced that a national transportation infrastructure strategy, with a key emphasis on highways, will be developed jointly by Premier Campbell of British Columbia, Premier Hamm of Nova Scotia, and Premier Handley of the Northwest Territories, and that this strategy would be brought to all premiers for discussion in November 2005.

In their communique following the first day of their meetings, the Premiers expressed serious concern, "that absent or aging highway systems and congestion on key routes to airports, ports and border crossings are eroding Canada's ability to compete in the global economy." They went on to recognize that U.S. President George Bush had just signed into law a bill that would invest over $US 284 billion over the next six years into the American highway network. The Premiers stated that this investment is a lesson that governments in Canada could learn from.

Over the coming months, the Canadian Construction Association, and in particular, The Road and Infrastructure Program of Canada (TRIP Canada), a special committee of CCA, along with its provincial counterparts, will be working with provincial governments to develop this national transportation strategy. As a long-time advocate for a National Highway Program for Canada, CCA and TRIP Canada will be pushing for a long-term, sustained highway program that recognizes the importance of Canada's highways to economic competitiveness, increased productivity, and improved health and safety.

"We are very pleased that Canada's First Ministers have stated their unequivocal support for investment in transportation infrastructure, particularly regarding highways," stated Michael Atkinson, President of the Canadian Construction Association. "Their pledge to work together and with the federal government in developing a plan is a good first step towards improving the condition of this vital infrastructure".

"Through TRIP Canada and our provincial roadbuilding and heavy construction associations, we look forward to working with provincial governments over the coming months and years on developing a reinvestment strategy for our highway networks," stated Jeff Morrison, Executive Director of TRIP Canada. "Premiers should be commended for their strong statement of support."

Contact Information

  • The Road and Infrastructure Program of Canada (TRIP Canada)
    Jeff Morrison
    Executive Director
    (613) 236-9455