OTTAWA — Through a new advocacy campaign, the Association of Consulting Engineering Companies – Canada (ACEC) will engage federal candidates from all the major parties and encourage them to make infrastructure investments a priority in their election platforms.
The Infrastructure: Prosperity by Design campaign, launched Aug. 25, includes ACEC’s election website, InvestInfrastructure.ca, which provides information intended to educate candidates, political parties and the public on the importance of leveraging infrastructure to develop a strong economic and environmental vision for Canada’s recovery.
A release issued by the ACEC states, “As Canada moves into post-pandemic recovery, there is a unique opportunity to rethink Canada’s vision and approach to infrastructure which can be achieved in part through initiatives such as the proposed National Infrastructure Assessment, which has received broad support from stakeholders, industries and political parties.”
The website includes a portal that enables ACEC members to send letters to all candidates in their riding; provides more information on ACEC, the association’s election priorities and several background documents on all parties’ policy positions relating to ACEC’s priorities which will be featured as the platforms are released; an analysis of party platform announcements relating to infrastructure and issues of importance to the consulting engineering sector; and social media messages that can be used to spread awareness of the campaign.
“This election is especially important because the next Parliament will make critical decisions on how Canada will recover and prosper as we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic. In balancing the needs for immediate stimulus and a long-term vision for our economy and environment, investing in infrastructure has a proven return on investment that governments can rely on,” said John Gamble, ACEC-Canada president and CEO.
“We hope to see any elected government come in with an understanding of how important it is to provide infrastructure programs that are timely, consistent and predictable with a priority placed on the rapid delivery of funding.”