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A Capital Question: Infrastructure in Western Canada's Big Six

Report by Casey Vander Ploeg

In this report, Casey Vander Ploeg examines the infrastructure deficit in Western Canada’s six big cities: Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Saskatoon, Regina, and Winnipeg. Vander Ploeg examines the size of each city’s deficit, and then goes on to explore accumulated infrastructure debt. A key objective of her report: to set recent estimates of infrastructure deficits and debt in context by examining over 40 years of public capital spending in each city.

Vander Ploeg pays particular attention to where the infrastructure deficit and debt resides; he concludes that in most cities the largest portion of the deficit is to be found in transportation – roads, traffic control, bridges, interchanges, and public transit. Other large areas of infrastructure deficit include: community buildings, facilities and public works, parks, and recreation services. Vander Ploeg finds that, in general, water and sewer utilities are not under-funded, although he believes the future could bring changes.

Another aspect of Vander Ploeg’s investigation is what each city plans to do to increase its infrastructure investments in the coming years. The author addresses the long-term costs of failing to act on under-funded services. He concludes that to protect (and even increase) the ability to produce wealth in the future, Canadians must reconsider areas where investments need to occur. He considers public infrastructure to be one such area.

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Policy Publication Details

Author(s): Casey Vander Ploeg;
Publisher: Canada West Foundation [ Visit Website ]
Year Published: 2003; Publisher Type: Research Institute
Publicly Available: Yes Research Focus: Municipal;
Registration Required: Yes Language: English
Payment Required: No Publication Format: Adobe PDF

Subjects / Categories:

Policy Articles / Cities & Communities / Municipal Infrastructure
Policy Articles / Cities & Communities / Municipal Infrastructure / 2003
Policy Articles / Cities & Communities

Keywords / Tags:

municipal infrastructure services; municipal transportation sector; infrastructure investment; infrastructure deficit; public capital spending; public investment;