Second Edition of the Canadian Infrastructure Report Card (CIRC)
Published on: 16/12/2014
The Canadian Construction Association (CCA), in conjunction with industry partners: the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM); the Canadian Public Works Association (CPWA); and the Canadian Society of Civil Engineers (CSCE), have been working on the development of the second Canadian Infrastructure Report Card (CIRC). The new survey has been sent to all city Chief Administrative Officers (CAOs) across Canada, but to date, the number of municipalities that have commenced work on the survey is still very small.
The CCA is requesting OSWCA member assistance in promoting participation with the heads of municipal / local public works departments or CAOs within Ontario. To that end, the CCA is requesting our members to review the list of cities below and communicate electronically should any member have a relationship with key city officials that could be helpful to the CCA in encouraging that city’s participation. The deadline for responses is January 16th, your prompt attention is requested.
The second edition of the CIRC survey was launched on October 27, 2014. This edition of the CIRC survey has been expanded to collect information on the state of: municipal transit; sport and recreation infrastructure; asset management; and local bridges. The survey link was distributed directly to municipal CAOs who have been asked to appoint a survey coordinator for their municipality. All relevant municipal staff are invited to contribute their knowledge and expertise to the survey before the January 16, 2015 deadline. (Required in order to compile and publish the report prior to the October 2015 federal election)
About the Survey:
The CIRC survey is a tool used to collect accurate data from communities on the state of infrastructure in Canada. It also provides a feedback framework to review the impacts of local, regional, and national infrastructure policy.
Why should a City participate in the 2015 CIRC:
The CIRC will be a tool that you can use to advocate for changes in infrastructure policy to ensure that your community is able to provide services that can be sustained over the long term. Cities can use the same information that you compile for the CIRC to prepare a Report Card for their own municipality. Similar municipalities can also utilize the CIRC as a basis of comparison for their community to surrounding municipalities or to municipalities of similar size across the country.
Where do I get the survey?
The survey was sent to all CAOs in early November. A copy of the survey can be accessed from this link: Survey. Additional questions may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please take a brief moment to review the cities listed below. If any OSWCA members have an existing relationship with a senior official in any of these cities, please contact them and urge them to participate in this year’s survey. Also, if you could please let me know by return email which of the following cities you or a member plan to contact, it would be much appreciated as it will help us keep track of our outreach efforts.
The survey and the report card is an important part of our collective federal infrastructure lobby and will be instrumental to our election advocacy strategy, so please, if you can, help us promote the importance of participation in this year’s survey.
City of Hamilton
City of Kawartha Lakes
City of Waterloo
City of Welland
Country of Elgin
Municipality of Chatham-Kent
Municipality of Red Lake
Regional Municipality of Halton
Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury
Town of Halton Hills
Town of Oakville
Township of Chaplain
Township of Mantgue
Township of Woolwich
United Countries of Leeds and Grenville
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