Canada's Core Public Infrastructure Survey

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

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

To meet this need, Infrastructure Canada (INFC) and Statistics Canada have worked together to develop Canada's Core Public Infrastructure (CCPI) survey. The CCPI survey provides a national snapshot of the stock, condition and performance of public infrastructure across Canada, and is the first national survey to examine core public infrastructure. The survey was launched by Statistics Canada in Summer 2017, receiving a positive response rate of over 90% from municipal, regional, provincial and territorial governments.

INFC, Statistics Canada, other government departments and stakeholder associations have reviewed the results to ensure data quality. The data tables are now available for:

Each data table release is accompanied by an analytical release in Statistics Canada's The Daily.

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 9 asset classes: roads, tunnels and bridges; potable water; wastewater; storm water; public transit; solid waste; culture, recreational and sports; and social and affordable housing. The CCPI survey examines all of these classes, in addition to their asset management strategies. The data produced by this survey will allow for analysis and comparisons which will provide Canadians with a national picture of Canada's public 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 public 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 participated in the survey?

The survey respondents were primarily municipalities, as well as asset holders, including regional, provincial and territorial governments and Indigenous communities. The survey is based on a sample of municipalities from all provinces and territories.

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 stock, condition and performance of Canada's core infrastructure assets. It will inform 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?

INFC is developing a plan for future rounds of the CCPI survey.

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