Canada's Core Public Infrastructure Survey

Infrastructure makes it possible for Canadians to access goods and services, explore their neighbourhoods, and supports connected, healthy and green communities. Quality data supports evidence-based decision making that guides public infrastructure investments that meet local needs. There is a need for:

  • comprehensive, objective, and comparable data on the stock, condition and performance of Canada's core public infrastructure assets;
  • data to track issues and monitor progress;
  • understanding capabilities to improve the impact of infrastructure investments; and
  • understanding the federal role and investment impact on the infrastructure landscape.

To meet this need, Infrastructure Canada (INFC) and Statistics Canada worked together to develop Canada's Core Public Infrastructure (CCPI) survey. The survey facilitates a direct comparison of the stock, condition, and performance of public infrastructure across Canada on a bi-annual basis. The data from this survey will be used by governments to better understand Canada's core public infrastructure and determine current and future needs.

The first round of the CCPI survey was launched by Statistics Canada in Summer 2017 for reference year 2016, receiving a positive response rate of over 90% from municipal, regional, provincial and territorial governments and Indigenous communities. The second round of the survey was launched in Fall 2019 for reference year 2018. The third round of the survey was launched in Fall 2021 for reference year 2020.

For all three rounds, the survey was sent to governments that own or lease public infrastructure, to collect data on the stock, condition, and performance of Canada’s core public infrastructure assets. Additional information on the survey can be found on Statistics Canada’s website. Future reference years of the survey will continue to be posted on this page.

The resulting reference year 2020 data tables are available for:

The resulting reference year 2018 data tables are available for:

The resulting reference year 2016 data tables are available for:

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

Frequently asked questions

What is the purpose of the CCPI survey?

The purpose of the CCPI survey is to generate statistical information on the stock, condition and performance of Canada's core public infrastructure assets. Canada's core public infrastructure is broken down into the following nine asset classes: roads; bridges and tunnels; potable water; wastewater; storm water; public transit; solid waste; culture, recreation and sports facilities; and public social and affordable housing. The CCPI survey examines all of these classes, in addition to asset management strategies. Data produced by this survey allows for analysis and comparisons of Canada's public infrastructure from a regional, urban and rural, and asset perspective.

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

Who participated in the survey?

The survey respondents are municipalities, regional, provincial and territorial governments, northern communities, public transit authorities and crown corporations.

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. Survey results report on the stock, condition and performance of Canada's core public infrastructure assets. The program informs all levels of government when making strategic investment decisions in infrastructure, helping to sustain the quality of life Canadians are accustomed to and to continue to strengthen communities.

Will there be future rounds of the CCPI survey?

The second round of the survey is taking place between November 4, 2019, and February 21, 2020. Future rounds of the CCPI survey are anticipated to take place every two years.

Who can be contacted for questions?

Media Relations
Infrastructure Canada
Toll free: 1-877-250-7154