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Transportation Infrastructure Programs Past, Present & Future. Transportation Association of Canada Fall Conference September 2011 Edmonton, Alberta . Presentation Outline. Importance of Transportation in Canada Federal Initiatives in Transportation Infrastructure
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Transportation Infrastructure Programs Past, Present & Future Transportation Association of Canada Fall Conference September 2011 Edmonton, Alberta
Presentation Outline • Importance of Transportation in Canada • Federal Initiatives in Transportation Infrastructure • Recent Federal Investment • Challenges • Efficiency, Productivity and the Economy • Trade & Canada’s International Crossings • Urban Growth • Minimizing Environmental Impact • Infrastructure Financing • Looking Ahead • Near Term Commitments • Developing the Next Infrastructure Agenda
Importance of Transportation in Canada • More than $1 trillion of goods move through the Canadian Transportation System every year • Accounted for 4.1% of GDP by industry in 2009 • Provides important linkages between cities and communities, Connects workers with jobs, travelers with destinations, and products with markets
Federal Initiatives in Transportation Infrastructure • Responsibilities: • Regulator • Owner • Facilitator and Knowledge broker • Funding Partner • Partnership Approach across Canada: • Building Canada Plan • Economic Action Plan • Gateway Strategies • The federal government has made financial contributions to highway construction activities since 1919.
Recent Federal Investment in Transportation Infrastructure 2002-2010 • Federal Investments leverage significant funding from other levels of government and the private sector
Infrastructure Funding for Economic Stimulus Acceleration of Building Canada, and close to $17 billion in new funding for infrastructure and housing Canada’s Economic Action Plan • Timely, Targeted and Temporary action • Funding delivered in record time through strong partnerships • Together we invested more than $30 billion • Over 8,100 provincial, territorial and municipal infrastructure projects • Federal contributions under the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund of over $1.5 billion for 1650 highway and road projects; $245.6 million for 70 public transit projects; $39.6 million for 19 airport projects; and $169.6 for 55 port projects.
Canada’s Investment in Strategic Gateways Asia-Pacific Gateway and Corridor Initiative (APGCI) North America's closest ports to Asia Atlantic Gateway and Trade Corridor North America's closest ports to Europe, Latin America and ships transiting the Suez Canal Ontario-Quebec Continental Gateway and Trade Corridor Each gateway has its own characteristics, challenges and opportunities; connections among the three gateways reflect inter-provincial and international supply chains
…And our investments are having an impact Average Age of Core Surface Transportation Infrastructure Source: Statistics Canada, Investment and Capital Stock Division • The average age of roads, bridges and transit infrastructure in Canada has been getting younger • This trend started at the beginning of the last decade, but has gained momentum since 2006
Challenges:Efficiency, Productivity and the Economy • How do we maintain productivity growth? • Going Forward: • Importance of maintaining “state of good repair” • Improve efficiency of national transportation system • Promotion of efficient market-oriented operations Source: Conference Board of Canada
Challenges:Trade & Canada’s International Crossings • International trade totalled $724 B in 2009 • Border delays cost Canada an estimated $15 to $30 billion per year • Going Forward: • Strong focus on trade-driven multi-modal system • Integrated Canada-US strategies for perimeter security: Beyond the Border Declaration • Continued development of Gateway Strategies • Canada is the most trade-dependent nation in the G7 with exported goods and services accounting for 35% of GDP (2008)
Challenges:Urban Growth • Congestion costs Canadians $2.3 - $3.7 billion per year • How do we ensure the transportation system can support accelerated growth in our cities? • Going Forward: • Federal/Provincial/Municipal cooperation in regards to urban transportation infrastructure investments • Focused investments on strategic infrastructure promoting efficient freight movements in urban centres • Maintaining basic transportation infrastructure in rural and remote areas
Challenges:Minimizing Environmental Impact • Transportation is the largest source of GHG emissions • How do we balance environmental impact with economic growth? Going Forward • Regulation of emissions from all modes, aligned across North America • Integrated land use and infrastructure planning, and multi-modal “green” supply chain strategies • Maximizing efficiency of movement of goods Source: Environment Canada, "2011 Emissions Trends"
Challenges:Infrastructure Financing • Competing priorities for public funding • Fiscal constraints all jurisdictions are facing • Going Forward • Several provinces are leading the way in using P3 models • Federal support through Building Canada Plan P3 fund ($1.25 B) • How can we best tap private sector capacities in addressing future infrastructure needs? • Of 158 P3 projects in Canada, 36 are transportation-related • - Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships Project Database 13
Looking Ahead • The Government of Canada remains committed to addressing transportation infrastructure issues • Legislation of a permanent annual investment of $2 billion in the Gas Tax Fund • Provide $228 million to federal bridges in Greater Montréal • Contribute $150 million toward the construction of an all-season road between Inuvik and Tuktoyaktuk
Looking Ahead:Developing the Next Infrastructure Agenda LESSONS LEARNED AND THE NEXT AGENDA • TAKING STOCK • OF PAST • ACCOMPLISHMENTS • IDENTIFYING GAPS AND PRIORITIES We must continue to work together… • Budget 2011 commitment: “The Government will work with provinces, territories, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and other stakeholders to develop a long-term plan for public infrastructure that extends beyond the expiry of the Building Canada plan” • While we have achieved a lot working in partnership and have made significant investments, there are challenges that need to be addressed • Engagement with provincial, territorial, municipal partners and stakeholders will be integral to the process …to ensure continued support for Canada’s economic growth.