As the sponsoring organizations for Canada’s rst national report card
on the state of its municipal infrastructure, we are pleased to present this benchmark study.
Following two decades of declining public investment in infrastructure, public and governmentinterest rekindled in the 1990s, as the visible decline of infrastructure underscored the need fornew approaches to its funding and management.In the decade that followed, the state of public infrastructure—and what to do about it—becamethe subject of much discussion and debate. A great deal of that discussion and debate centredaround the condition of infrastructure, with the need to develop objective assessment tools becoming increasingly apparent.Despite the continuing, and still lively, debate on how to pay for municipal infrastructure, thereis little disagreement now about its importance to our society and economy. During the recent
nancial crisis, governments in Canada began pooling resources and cooperating to an unprec
-edented degree, channelling stimulus funds into local infrastructure to create jobs and renew these valuable assets. With this context in mind, our organizations—and others that supported this project— believe that creating reliable tools to objectively assess the condition of public infrastructure
is necessar if we are to develop a comprehensive long-term national plan to x and maintain
that infrastructure.This is not a prescriptive document. It does not provide recommendations for action, norforecast future capital requirements resulting from municipal growth. It will be up to govern-ments and organizations involved in the delivery of infrastructure services to assess needs anddevelop action plans. Our hope is that the data provided here will support those efforts.
As it is the rst of its kind in Canada, there are lessons to be learned from this project that will
undoubtedly inform future efforts. We regard these lessons, too, as an accomplishment. Thisreport card breaks new ground where such an effort has long been needed. We congratulate theteam that produced the report card, thank all municipalities that contributed data, and look forward to even broader participation and continued discussion in the future.
Canadian Construction Association • Canadian Public Wors Association •Canadian Societ for Civil Enineerin • Federation of Canadian Municipalities