Canadian Construction Association

Canadian Construction Association

August 03, 2005 09:12 ET

Premiers Must act on Commitment to Renew Canada's Transportation Infrastructure, Says Canadian Construction Association

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Aug. 3, 2005) - With Canada's provincial and territorial First Ministers scheduled to meet next week for the annual Council of the Federation meeting, the Canadian Construction Association today reminded all Premiers about their responsibility to speak up about the dire state of Canada's transportation infrastructure - in particular, the deteriorating state of Canada's National Highway System. The provincial and territorial First Ministers will meet in Banff, Alberta from August 10 to 12, 2005.

At the meeting of Western Premiers and territorial leaders held in Lloydminster in May 2005, Western First Ministers committed to submitting a list of recommendations for consideration by all First Ministers on the subject of upgrading Canada's transportation infrastructure. According to a report prepared by the Government of British Columbia, the need to upgrade highways was at the top of the list of funding concerns for transportation infrastructure. Similar highway-related funding concerns have been echoed by other provincial governments as well.

The Canadian Construction Association is calling on all First Ministers to issue a strong statement of support for the need to invest in transportation infrastructure, particularly the National Highway System. Such a statement should seek the support and assistance of the federal government, who have co-responsibility for funding Canada's National highways. At a time when the federal government is looking for ways to improve Canada's productivity, there can be no better investment to improve Canada's economic and social productivity than alleviating the congestion, tie-ups, isolation and delays caused by an insufficiently funded National Highway System.

"We are looking for the Premiers to demonstrate the leadership necessary to make reinvestment in transportation infrastructure a priority for Canada," stated Jeff Morrison, Executive Director of The Road and Infrastructure Program of Canada (TRIP Canada), a Special Committee of the Canadian Construction Association. "With a funding shortfall of over $22 billion, our highway network is in particular need of a commitment by all levels of government to address this vital piece of national infrastructure," he added.

TRIP Canada's website currently displays a counter demonstrating the funding shortfall facing Canada's highways - this counter can be viewed at www.tripcanada.org.

Contact Information

  • TRIP Canada, (A Special Committee of the Canadian
    Construction Association)
    Jeff Morrison
    Executive Director
    (613) 236-9455
    jeff@cca-acc.com