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by Daily Commercial News last update:Sep 13, 2006

The Residential and Civil Construction Alliance of Ontario (RCCAO) officially presented its latest report titled, ‘The Infrastructure Funding Deficit: Time to Act’, to the Minister of Public Infrastructure Renewal, David Caplan.

TORONTO

The Residential and Civil Construction Alliance of Ontario (RCCAO) officially presented its latest report titled, ‘The Infrastructure Funding Deficit: Time to Act’, to the Minister of Public Infrastructure Renewal, David Caplan.

The report highlights the current government’s initiatives and investments into the infrastructure deficit and provides innovative cost solutions to the public infrastructure deficit by outlining the benefits of involving the private sector in the delivery of capital for infrastructure.

The report also makes a number of recommendations on how to bridge the infrastructure gap.

RCCAO Chairman Phil Rubinoff stated that “Queen’s Park recognizes that alternative financing strategies are key to increasing infrastructure investment. Now that a growth plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe has been announced, there is a real urgency in rolling out a comprehensive infrastructure plan.”

The well-established link between investment in public infrastructure and economic competitiveness means Ontario must act now if it is to avoid a widening infrastructure gap.

“... there is a real urgency in rolling out a comprehensive infrastructure plan”

Phil Rubinoff, RCCAO Chairman

Some recommendations in the report were as follows:

• Encourage more innovative alternative financial and procurement (AFP) relationships using private or non-government funds to invest in Ontario;

• Create a stable investment environment and regular flow of AFP infrastructure projects through sustained political commitment, consistency and legislation;

• Standardize AFP project risk allocation models, tendering processes, bidding processes, contracts and evaluation procedures; and

• Develop strong communication programs to support the process and educate the public.

“Not only is infrastructure and investment renewal important to Ontario’s economy, but it will create more high paying jobs,” Rubinoff added.

“In addition, engaging the private sector is necessary given the fact that government simply does not have the resources required to finance and build the many needed critical infrastructure projects.”

The RCCAO is an alliance composed of management and labour groups that represent all facets of the construction industry.

DCN NEWS SERVICES

last update:Sep 13, 2006

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