Engineering companies urge passage of Infrastructure Bank
The Association of Consulting Engineering Companies of Canada (ACEC) is urging Parliament to finalize the passage of the government’s budget bill, as passed by the House of Commons, in order to establish Canada’s Infrastructure Bank.
“Every day we delay implementation of the Infrastructure Bank represents a missed opportunity for Canadians. Infrastructure connects people and communities; it enables trade and commerce; it improves our quality of life; and it protects the environment. Tools like the Canada Infrastructure Bank can help us address deficiencies in our infrastructure,” said John Gamble, ACEC President. “We understand that there will always be debate over the details of how the Infrastructure Bank will operate, and that debate is healthy and will continue after its establishment. But we need the legislation that’s currently before Parliament to enable the establishment of the Bank to pass this month before Parliament breaks for the summer recess.”
ACEC Canada has supported the government in its efforts to establish a Canadian Infrastructure Bank, and supports a mandate that will enable more private investment to help address the infrastructure gaps that currently exist across the country.
“Infrastructure will always be a core role of government, but if we can combine public resources with private ones in an appropriate and transparent manner for projects that lend themselves to this kind of financing, then Canadians and the Canadian economy will be better off for it. But before any of this happens, the legislation creating the Bank has to pass Parliament, which we hope will happen in the coming weeks,” concluded Gamble.
The Association of Consulting Engineering Companies – Canada represents companies in Canada that provide professional engineering services to both public and private-sector clients. These services include the planning, design and execution of all types of engineering projects, as well as providing independent advice and expertise in a wide range of engineering and engineering-related fields.
For more information about ACEC, please visit www.acec.ca
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