Municipalities manage some 60 percent of the public infrastructure that drives our economy and quality of life. Local governments make people’s lives better, and local solutions have significant regional, provincial and national impact.
But the reality is that municipalities are constantly doing more with less, and unsustainable fiscal tools make it hard to plan for the longer term. Receiving only 10 cents on every tax dollar, local governments face huge challenges in maintaining current infrastructure—and this is not to mention growing needs.
This report makes the case for why the federal Gas Tax Fund is the best fiscal tool available to local governments and why it must be expanded to help build better lives for Canadians.