Ontario Construction News staff writer
The Association of Consulting Engineering Companies-Canada (ACEC) launched its advocacy campaign leading up to the federal election on Wednesday. ACEC will be engaging with federal candidates from all the major parties and encouraging them to make infrastructure investments a priority in their election platforms.
To support its “Infrastructure the Right Way” campaign, ACEC has created an election website, InvestInfrastructure.ca, to educate candidates, political parties, and the public on the importance of accelerating and sustaining infrastructure investments and the creation of a national infrastructure corridor – a pre-approved right of way that would permit nation building projects to be approved with more certainty.
The national corridor is a historical concept that was examined, and endorsed, by an all-party committee in the Senate. Both priorities would benefit the economic, social and environmental quality of life of all Canadians. They would drive the economy and connect communities, Canadians, and markets.
The site includes a portal that permits ACEC members and interested stakeholders to send letters to all candidates in their riding, including incumbent Members of Parliament. Several background documents on the policy positions relating to ACEC’s priorities are featured.
ACEC will also post analysis of party platform announcements relating to infrastructure and issues of importance to the consulting engineering sector. Finally, there are social media shareables anyone can download and use to help spread awareness.
“The last two governments have made significant progress on infrastructure investment in recent years,” said John Gamble, ACEC president and CEO. “But this election is critical because funds haven’t been flowing as quickly and consistently as either we or they had hoped. Steady, predictable investments are needed to provide the greatest economic benefits to support Canadians and communities. We hope to see any elected government come in with an understanding of how important it is to provide sustained support, and to look at infrastructure investment as a nation building investment – that is infrastructure the right way.”
Canadians are invited to get involved by visiting https://www.investinfrastructure.ca/ and joining the discussion on social media via #InfrastructureTheRightWay and @ACECCanada.