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, and comparable data on the current condition and performance of Canada's core public infrastructure assets;
  • 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 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 first iteration of 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 and Indigenous communities.

The second round of Canada’s Core Public Infrastructure survey was launched on November 4, 2019. The survey was sent to municipal, regional, Indigenous, provincial and territorial governments that own or lease public infrastructure, in order to collect data on the stock, condition, and performance of Canada’s core public infrastructure assets for reference year 2018. The survey will be open to respondents until February 21, 2020, with results available starting in spring 2020. Additional information on the survey can be found on Statistics Canada’s website.

The resulting reference year 2016 data tables are 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 the following asset classes: roads, tunnels and bridges; potable water; wastewater; storm water; public transit; solid waste; culture, recreational and sports facilities; and social and affordable housing. The CCPI survey examines all of these classes, in addition to their asset management strategies. Data produced by this survey allows for analysis and comparisons of Canada's public infrastructure from a regional 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 primarily municipalities, as well as other asset holders, including regional, provincial and territorial governments, northern and Indigenous 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 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.

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