Municipal infrastructure provides the foundations on which our economy rests. Small businesses need quality roads and bridges to deliver goods and services. Workers need fast, efficient public transit to connect them to jobs. And growing companies count on high-quality community services, from libraries to hockey rinks, to attract skilled workers. Yet today, those foundations are buckling under the strain.
The Canadian Infrastructure Report Card: Canada's first report card on municipal infrastructure offers an objective assessment of the state of infrastructure, and the state of infrastructure management, in 123 municipalities.
Infrastructure and the 2013 federal budget
The 2013 federal budget entrenches the principle of predictable, long-term funding for infrastructure, while maintaining and extending current investments. FCM believes these investments will spur growth, create jobs and lay the foundations for a more competitive economy.
"Acting on the advice of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, the Gas Tax Fund...will be indexed and therefore will increase over time." - Finance Minister Jim Flaherty, Budget Speech, March 21, 2013.
Gas Tax Fund calculators
In Budget 2013, the federal government commits to continuing critical investments in municipalities through the Gas Tax Fund (GTF). A new index has been added to the GTF to protect the value of these investments over time.
Use our GTF calculators to show the value of these investments in your community.