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Infrastructure Statistics Hub Shows Economic Value of Water, Wastewater Assets

By Todd Westcott 11:20AM October 30, 2018

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The Government of Canada has launched the Infrastructure Statistics Hub, which is a data platform detailing the economic impact of infrastructure in Canada.

François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, welcomed the launch of the hub, an interactive tool that allows users to view data on the investment, stock, and contribution of infrastructure to the Canadian economy from the recently launched Infrastructure Economic Account (INFEA).

“The Government is committed to an evidence-based approach to decision-making and new approaches to measure the impact of infrastructure investment,” said Minister Champagne. “Through the Infrastructure Statistics Hub and other data and research initiatives, we will help all orders of government and the private sector in making effective and more strategic investment decisions.”

INFEA was developed by Statistics Canada and launched in September 2018 as part of a commitment made in Budget 2017 to support a more evidence- and results-based approach to public infrastructure policies, programs, and investment decisions.

Data users will be able to understand the data linkages between infrastructure investment, value added, number of jobs, and other variables for both the public and private sectors. Information for the period 2009 to 2017 can be viewed on a map, table, and graph and is presented for three main subject areas: investment, stock, and economic contribution.

The hub provides a number of insightful statistics on Canada’s water and wastewater infrastructure and the economic contribution of the utility sector. For instance, the tool reveals that in 2017, private and public industries held over $78 billion in net stock of water infrastructure.

Asset state of Canada’s water infrastructure. Credit: Infrastructure Statistics Hub

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