Canada's Core Public Infrastructure Survey

Data and Research

Core infrastructure assets are basic services at the community, regional, provincial and national levels critical to Canada's economic competitiveness, environmental sustainability and quality of life. These assets include roads, bridges, public transit, and water and wastewater systems.

The Government of Canada recognizes that there is a need to support its public infrastructure policies and investments with quality data that will guide evidence-based decision-making. There is a need for:

  • comprehensive, objective, comparable data on the current state and performance of Canada's core public
    infrastructure assets;
  • baseline data to track issues and monitor progress; and
  • expanded asset management practices and capabilities to improve the impact of infrastructure investments.

Infrastructure Canada (INFC) and Statistics Canada have worked together to develop Canada's Core Public Infrastructure (CCPI) survey. The CCPI survey will provide a national picture of the current state and performance of infrastructure across Canada, and will be the first national survey regarding core public infrastructure. The survey will be launched by Statistics Canada in summer 2017 and will target public asset owners at the federal, provincial, territorial and municipal levels.

A public report will be produced and shared online, presenting a summary of the key findings.

For more information on the CCPI survey, please visit Statistics Canada's Website.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What is the purpose of the CCPI survey?

The survey will generate statistical information on the inventory, state, performance, and the management strategy of core public infrastructure assets such as: roads, tunnels and bridges; potable water; wastewater; storm water; public transit; solid waste; culture, recreational and sports; and social and affordable housing. The data produced by this survey will allow for analysis and comparisons which will provide Canadians with a national picture of Canada's infrastructure and a basis for comparison from a regional and asset perspective.

The data will be used to enhance the understanding of the current condition of Canada's core infrastructure. The survey will provide baseline information that will enable all levels of government to develop policies to support efforts to improve Canada's core public infrastructure, and to monitor and report on the progress of these investments.

Who will be participating in the survey?

The target respondents are primarily municipalities, as well as asset holders, including regional, provincial and federal governments and Indigenous communities, who will also be invited to participate. There will be a representation of municipalities from all provinces and territories.

Will information be collected from First Nations on-reserve?

Yes. A tailored approach will be used to collect information from First Nations on-reserve to ensure that their answers are properly captured as part of this national survey.

How will the key findings be used?

The key findings of the survey can be used by various stakeholders to help make more informed decisions in the area of infrastructure investments across the country. The survey results will help define the state and performance of Canada's assets, including replacement. It will inform all levels of government when making strategic investment decisions in infrastructure, helping sustain the quality of life Canadians are accustomed to, as well as continuing to strengthen communities.

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