Canadian Construction Association

Canadian Construction Association


April 25, 2007 09:00 ET

TRIP/Canada: Provincial Highway Budgets See Dramatic Increases in 2007-08

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - April 25, 2007) - Following a survey and analysis of all ten provincial highway capital budgets for 2007-08, The Road and Infrastructure Program of Canada (TRIP Canada), a Special Committee of the Canadian Construction Association, today revealed that when aggregated, provincial highway capital budgets increased by over 26% when compared to 2006-07 provincial highway budgets. Although there were wide variations between provinces, seven provinces announced increases to their highway budgets, one province announced no change, and two provinces announced decreases.

The province with the highest increase in its highway capital budget was Manitoba, which announced an increase from $150 million in 2006-07 to $400 million in 2007-08, an increase of 166 percent. Other provinces announcing double-digit increases in spending included Alberta (66.8 percent increase); Prince Edward Island (41 percent increase); Quebec (30.7 percent increase), and Ontario (18.1 percent increase). The budget for Newfoundland and Labrador remained unchanged, albeit after a 100 percent increase in 2006-07 from a year prior. Only New Brunswick and Nova Scotia announced lower highway budgets - a 26.7 percent decrease in Nova Scotia, and a 24.4% decrease in New Brunswick.

"These increased budgets are very good news for the roadbuilding community in Canada, but more importantly, for motorists, who can look forward to driving on improved, safer, and more environmentally friendly highways", stated Frank Rizzardo, Chairman of TRIP Canada. "However, we need to continue to remind all governments that our highway systems, which act as the backbone of our national transportation system, continue to need billions more in rehabilitation and expansion."

"What is perhaps most encouraging is that these numbers do not yet account for billions more in infrastructure spending announced by the federal government in Budget 2007, which should come online in time for the 2008-09 construction season", added Jeff Morrison, Executive Director of TRIP Canada. "If provincial governments use additional federal funds to invest in needed highway work, as we hope they will, 2008-09 may be another strong year."

Contact Information

  • For a list of provincial highway capital budgets:
    TRIP Canada
    Jeff Morrison
    Executive Director
    613-236-9455 or Cell.: 613-291-9377