Canadian Infrastructure Report Card
CPWA was among the four organizations that created and made up the steering committee for the first Canadian Infrastructure Report Card (CIRC) in 2012, as well as a second edition released in 2016. The CIRC project was created to establish a rigorous, repeatable process for assessing the health of Canada’s infrastructure and to inform the Canadian public, policymakers and other stakeholders about issues and trends. The report card assessed and reported on the state of infrastructure—including inventory, condition and replacement value—in the categories of drinking water, wastewater, stormwater, municipal roads and bridges, municipal transit, sport and recreation infrastructure and asset management.
In 2017, building on the work of the CIRC, Statistics Canada (StatsCan) launched Canada’s Core Public Infrastructure Survey, which was developed with Infrastructure Canada to collect statistical information on the inventory, condition, performance and asset management strategies of nine categories of core public infrastructure assets owned or leased by various levels of Canadian government. StatsCan released the data and analysis from the first survey in late 2018. In 2019, CPWA and the other CIRC Partners agreed that the lack of financial context and analysis in the data released by StatsCan would make a new CIRC a valuable product. The CIRC Partners released a third edition of the CIRC in October 2019.