Some areas are doing better than others, unfortunately big ticket items are the farthest behind. Roads were given a C+ grade, and the deficit is expected to be just under $2 billion over the next decade, or 27 per cent of the total. In 2009 roads were responsible for 47 per cent of the deficit, so despite a large gap, we have seen a marked improvement in that area.
Transit received a C+ as well, with a $1.3 billion deficit, and bridges a B- with a $1.1 billion deficit. Shockingly, the transit gap over the next decade is almost 70 per cent higher than the current value of transits assets.
Roads, transit and bridges together comprise over 60 per cent of the forecast infrastructure gap.
If you can’t measure it, you can’t improve it. The City’s updated plan and report reinforces the truth that infrastructure gaps remain here, but gaps also exist in how we measure infrastructure across Canada.
For further information on this and other Chamber advocacy initiatives, please contact Director of Advocacy, Michael Juce, at [email protected] or 204-944-3315.