Canadian Construction Association

Canadian Construction Association

June 27, 2005 12:04 ET

TRIP Canada Releases New Website, Complete With Highway Debt Counter

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - June 27, 2005) - The Road and Infrastructure Program of Canada (TRIP Canada), today unveiled its new website - www.tripcanada.org. TRIP Canada is a special Committee of the Canadian Construction Association. It represents the interests of the Canadian roadbuilding and heavy construction industries, with a special emphasis on lobbying the federal government for investment in core municipal infrastructure and the National Highway System.

The new website will allow viewers to obtain information on TRIP Canada's government relations activities related to municipal infrastructure and the National Highway System, download relevant industry guides, contact the eleven TRIP Canada member associations, and even download a video promoting a career in roadbuilding and heavy construction to youth.

Of particular interest is the "Canadian Highway Debt Counter". The counter tracks the shortfall in funding to maintain, renew and expand Canada's highway networks (including bridges) to an acceptable engineering standard as identified by federal, provincial and territorial Transport Ministers. Upon launch, the counter stood at over $22.2 billion, and in 2005, is increasing at a rate of $10.53 per second. The rate of change will be recalculated on an annual basis. The purpose of this counter is to graphically show Canadians the extent by which the Canadian highway network is currently underfunded.

"Not only will the new TRIP Canada website provide a single point of information for the roadbuilding and heavy construction sector, it will also be an important tool to spread our message to Canadians about the need for government to pay closer attention to Canada's deteriorating municipal infrastructure and National Highway System," stated Jeff Morrison, Executive Director of TRIP Canada. "We invite all Canadians - not only people in the roadbuilding and heavy construction industries - to check out the new website, and learn more about the importance that our roads, municipal infrastructure, and the roadbuilding and heavy construction sector in general plays in Canadian life.

The website domain is www.tripcanada.org. The website will also be accessible via www.roadbuilders.org

Contact Information

  • The Road and Infrastructure Program of Canada (TRIP Canada)
    Jeff Morrison
    Executive Director
    (613) 236-9455
    info@tripcanada.org