06/18/2008

Working Paper of the Infrastructure Table, Provincial-Municipal Fiscal and Service Delivery Review. June 2008.
Executive summary

Ontario’s municipal infrastructure systems, including roads, bridges, water systems, and other critical assets, are in a state of steady decline. Modelling done for the infrastructure table, one of the joint provincial-municipal tables involved in the Provincial-Municipal Fiscal and Service Delivery Review, shows that future fiscal requirements for infrastructure are much larger than the resources available to meet them. To close the estimated gap between actual infrastructure spending in recent years and what is needed would cost at least $5.9 billion a year over the next 10 years.

All orders of government need to be involved in finding a solution because deteriorating infrastructure reduces quality of life in Ontario and threatens economic competitiveness.

This report provides guidance to the coordinating and political tables on how the growing infrastructure gap can be addressed and sets out options for consideration.

 Our goal was to find ways of ensuring that Ontario’s municipal infrastructure systems are best-in-class, providing reliable, safe, and environmentally responsible services throughout the province on an efficient, sustainable basis.