Focus on the Infrastructure Deficit

   April  2006

Massive Infrastructure Boost for Budgets across Canada
Ontario, Alberta, Quebec and British Columbia have all announced budgets with large increases in infrastructure spending.

Ontario is counting on the Federal Government to pony up as well, but has announced plans to spend an extra $2 billion on infrastructure priorities.

Albertans will see $13.3 billion spent on infrastructure of all kinds over the next three years - a 45 per cent increase over last year's budget.

B.C. spending is 'booming' on schools, hospitals, bridges and infrastructure associated with the 2010 Olympics, while Quebec is spending most of their new infrastructure spending on the forestry sector and public transportation.

Flaherty promises infrastructure talks
The new Conservative Finance Minister has encouraging news for lower tier governments when it comes to infrastructure spending - Ottawa would be at the table when it comes to infrastructure improvements.
Federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty inspects IPEX Kitec pipe
Flaherty was responding to reporters following a meeting with Ontario's Finance Minister regarding the Provincial Budget. 

Watermain Break Swallows SUV   
A Brooklyn driver discovers firsthand what driving across crumbling city infrastructure can mean.  The driver wasn't injured. (Yahoo News)

Get Used to Water Hikes: Toronto
Homeowners who were upset about a $33 monthly hike in their waterbills got a blunt message from Canada's largest city - get used to it.

Faced with a continuing deterioration of their municipal water system, Toronto officials say they need to replace between 1 and 2% of their water system annually - and they're not even reaching that mark yet.

"People took water for granted the last 50 years," said one Toronto Councillor.  "And you can't do that."

Watermain Break Clock to Soon hit $5 Billion Figure...
It quietly toils away, counting just how much broken watermains cost taxpayers across North America.  Sadly enough, the Watermain Break Clock is soon to hit a major milestone, after only six years in operation.
Questions or concerns about municipal infrastructure?
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Veso Sobot, P.Eng.
Director, Corporate Affairs

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