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Infrastructure Renewal Focus Key for Ontario; multi-year investment plan urged

November 8, 2013

TORONTO - The Construction and Design Alliance of Ontario applauds the provincial government for renewing its commitment to rebuilding Ontario’s crumbling infrastructure.

“It is clear from Minister Sousa’s economic statement that infrastructure remains a top priority in Ontario,” says CDAO Chair Clive Thurston. “We agree modern infrastructure is key to driving economic growth in the province.”

To ensure Ontario’s economy continues to provide the growth and opportunities that Ontarians have come to enjoy, investment must focus on both bringing core infrastructure up to current standards while putting in place that which is needed to support growth, says Thurston.


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Core infrastructure includes such basics as roads, bridges, public transportation, water treatment and distribution, electrical power and telecommunications infrastructure. Education and health care infrastructure, as well as municipal and provincial service buildings would also fit the definition of ‘core’ as it directly improves economic competiveness and is required to sustain life.

“Core infrastructure in Ontario suffers from decades of underfunding and has left a massive ‘deficit’ that must be addressed,” says Thurston. Over the past decade municipalities have been forced to take on greater responsibility for local infrastructure. In many municipalities, especially those with larger geographical areas and smaller taxpayer bases, it is absolutely impossible to maintain infrastructure.

“It is key provincial and federal partners invest in projects to slow the rate of decline in our aging foundations,” says Thurston. “CDAO is pleased to see new funding initiatives, through the Trillium Trust and Green Bonds, will ensure dedicated dollars are spent on infrastructure and will not be lost in general revenue coffers.”

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CDAO encourages the province to adopt a long-term infrastructure project investment strategy to replace the current practice of annual budget cycles. With a 10-year capital plan in place, buyers of both design and construction services as well as Ontario taxpayers will realize cost savings that arise from being able to plan business operations beyond a 12-month window. Quality, life-cycle costing and safety will be enhanced as a result of more stable, better-planned budgets and schedules as well as a better trained and prepared workforce. The introduction of a 10-year infrastructure planning horizon provides the opportunity to identify and bring to realization one or more ‘Vision Projects’. These are the projects of scope and significance that approaches iconic. These are the projects that serve as legacies to the foresight and vision of those who championed them. They are projects that are impossible to plan or execute within the normal government planning and budgeting processes. CDAO is committed to working with the government for the betterment of all Ontario residents. ABOUT CDAO The Construction Design Alliance of Ontario is a collaborative organization of 15 associations and organizations, representing a broad cross-section of professions which design and build infrastructure projects in Ontario. CDAO’s primary goal is to advocate for infrastructure investment and provide municipal and provincial governments a collective forum to seek input and advice from stakeholders. For more information about CDAO activities, initiatives, research and reports, please visit BACKGROUND In October, 2010, CDAO made a submission to then Minister of Infrastructure Bob Chiarelli, encouraging the province to enact a 10-year Infrastructure Planning process. A copy of the submission can be downloaded HERE. For more information or to arrange interviews, please contact: Patrick McConnell, MEDIAShift Communications 647-227-4250


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