December 2001


"A review of the past month and what's ahead!"


The Business of Canadian Engineering

Canadian Consulting Engineering Awards

2002 Ontario
2003 Manitoba
2004 British Columbia
2005 Québec

CIDA Infrastructure Services Performance Review

Despite CIDA’s declining investments in infrastructure over the last two decades, the Agency is studying the impact of such investments and is preparing to spell out an approach to infrastructure services for its aid programming. CIDA recently released the Executive Report for an Infrastructure Services Performance Review that covers a selection of over 50 CIDA-funded projects in the energy, water, transportation and communication technology sectors since 1950. After providing a glowing assessment of the projects and recognising the value of infrastructure services in reducing poverty, the report recommends the finalisation of a CIDA infrastructure services policy and the development of guidelines that would help CIDA staff decide when to use infrastructure-related contributions in its aid programming.

More specifically, the report indicates that, on balance, the projects were well managed and appropriate for the needs of the recipient countries. Although it underlines the need to further research the link between infrastructure services and benefits to the poor, the report concludes that sound, sustainable infrastructure generates benefits long after CIDA withdrawal from a project, including significant public and private sector


ACEC has long campaigned for greater public investments in Canada’s public infrastructure and the 2001 federal budget is an indication that those efforts are beginning to pay off. Finance Minister Paul Martin announced the commitment of $2.0 billion in new funding for infrastructure, which will be delivered through a soon-to-be created foundation. The Minister also announced a series of new investments to support Canadian security, border and military measures.

"Given the current security and economic situation in North America, and given that this is a hard-times budget, the government can be given passing marks for its new infrastructure initiative," said ACEC President, Claude Paul Boivin. "The devil is in the

  • New Strategic Infrastructure Foundation with a commitment of $2 billion
  • New $600 million infrastructure contribution to faciliate cross-border trade
  • Further $236 million for government infrastructure
  • $1 billion in new funding for international aid

details, however, and ACEC will need to monitor closely the government’s progress in establishing and operationalizing the new Strategic Infrastructure Foundation. ACEC will certainly make a submission to the Parliamentary Committee when the Bill to create the Foundation is introduced early in 2002”, explained Mr. Boivin. “The other ACEC concern is the new funds for international aid. ACEC will want to make representations to the federal government to ensure that a significant portion of the investments will be used to support infrastructure development." concluded Mr. Boivin.

For a detailed breakdown of the budget, please visit the ACEC web-site at

Future ACEC events announced

We are pleased to announce the following locations for ACEC’s National Conventions and Canadian Consulting Engineering Awards

ACEC National Convention

2002 Québec
2003 Nova Scotia
2004 Ontario
2005 Alberta
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