“More than one in two Ontarians think that infrastructure/transportation
should be the first priority for investing….”
Submitted by Nanos to the Association of Municipalities of Ontario, June 2017
The Challenge Confronting Municipalities
Every year, North American municipalities are asked to deliver more while spending less, despite the unrelenting increases in energy and facility management costs. Budgets are becoming harder and harder to balance, and normally the only two choices each municipal council faces are either to delay projects or to raise taxes, with neither alternative being attractive. Often the much-needed energy efficiency and infrastructure projects are just delayed.
In Canada, the challenge facing municipalities is staggering. In May 2015, the Canadian Union of Public Employees reported the following in an article: “Municipalities are responsible for construction, operations and maintenance for 53 per cent of our nation’s public infrastructure, but collect just eight cents of every tax dollar paid in Canada…. This leaves municipalities highly dependent on the taxes and fees they are allowed to collect—such as property taxes and user fees—while struggling with a more than $120 billion infrastructure deficit….Federal and provincial transfers are provided largely for capital investments and they don’t address increasing pressures on operations and maintenance.”
(Source: Municipal Financing and Fair Taxes; see http://cupe.ca/sites/cupe/files/municipal_revenues_e.pdf )
Another Pressing Issue
Brian Bowman, Mayor of Winnipeg, Manitoba, said in an interview in late 2016: “One of the most pressing issues among major cities is the development of new infrastructure funding models to modernize the ways that cities fund themselves.” Managing public infrastructure is very challenging for Canadian municipalities. It is time for a completely new approach.
The Solution Is…
The IGNITE Sustainable Communities Program, which was created by IGNITE Infrastructure Association Inc for its members, is the New Way Forward for municipalities to manage public infrastructure. The flexibility, structure, scalability, and collaborative nature of the IGNITE Program allow the municipality to:
- Do what’s best for the community
- Develop a sustainable, long-term infrastructure plan approach
- Take control of infrastructure costs
- Provide cost certainty for infrastructure operation and maintenance
- Remove many barriers from long-term corporate planning
- Address environmental issues
For more information on the IGNITE Sustainable Communities Program, contact us by phone or email.
Why Join IGNITE
We’re creating The New Way Forward. The IGNITE Infrastructure Association offers a member-driven, collaborative nonprofit platform, created to provide its members with access to the world’s leading expertise and resources in infrastructure enhancement and energy savings implementation.
To be the new way forward for public organizations to efficiently renew and expand their infrastructure.
Members not only enjoy access to a wealth of resources and collaboration opportunities both globally and locally, they gain access to the IGNITE Program – a member-driven initiative which is designed to deliver a tailored plan for any large-scale infrastructure or sustainability project.
Currently, membership is available at no-cost for public organizations such as governments, First Nations, municipalities, schools, universities and other higher education institutions, and healthcare facilities. Simply contact us by phone or email to learn how to become an IGNITE Member.