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CCA outlines vision for future infrastructure planning, funding and delivery

CCA outlines vision for future infrastructure planning, funding and delivery

OTTAWA — In response to the federal government’s proposed National Infrastructure Assessment, the Canadian Construction Association (CCA) has submitted recommendations aimed at securing a stable, long-term infrastructure pipeline powered by a well-trained and diverse workforce, the association said recently.

The submission, the result of an industry-wide consultation with the CCA board, partner construction associations, national advisory councils, members and other stakeholder partners, includes:

  • Developing a long-term vision guided by an independent, apolitical Canadian Strategic Infrastructure Council;
  • shifting the funding allocation model from the intense scrutiny of one-off projects identified by provinces, municipalities or Indigenous communities to a robust, longer-term asset management plan guided by objectives established by the independent council; and
  • adopting a collaborative and agile approach to public procurement to accelerate the benefits to be gained from infrastructure investment.

CCA engaged Nanos Research to help conduct focus groups, an online survey, one-on-one interviews, several national workshops and a literature review, states a release, adding the consultation was also informed by independent and evidence-based analysis from the Canadian Centre for Economic Analysis.

“Infrastructure investment can be transformational: a catalyst for nation-building and achieving the aspirations of all Canadians,” said Mary Van Buren, CCA president, in a statement. “These recommendations would accelerate the flow of much needed infrastructure investment to communities, with the federal government focusing on a national vision, guided by evidence-based and independent expert advice.”

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