Ottawa, Ontario – The Canadian Automobile Association (CAA) has announced that it is pleased that the federal government has recognized infrastructure investment in the proposed federal budget.
“It’s important to understand that roads and highways in many parts of Canada no longer meet the needs of Canada’s 21 million drivers,” said Tim Shearman of CAA. “We must build and maintain safer highway infrastructure that moves people and goods more efficiently.”
Details of the budget include $12 billion for new infrastructure funding, $4 billion to restore aging infrastructure, $1 billion for “shovel-ready” projects, $1 billion for a green infrastructure fund, and $42 million for federal bridges across Canada.
CAA said it looks forward to working with the government on addressing the substantial road and highway deficit, identifying sustainable funding priorities to address road infrastructure, ensuring that the investment is a starting point to build upon in future budgets, and making the gas tax transfer to the provinces permanent.