CPWA Ottawa Report: November 21, 2016

November 21, 2016                                        
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CPWA President Meetings
  • CPWA President Andrew Stevenson and Executive Director Scott Grayson will be in Ottawa on November 30th and December 1st for a series of meetings with senior political staff in the Prime Minister’s Office, the Office of the Minister of Finance and the Office of the Minister of Infrastructure. Mr. Stevenson will be delivering core messages relating to, among other things, asset management, sustainable infrastructure, and climate change mitigation.
Canada Infrastructure Bank
  • Details of the governance structure, project scope, and departmental funding sources of the Canada Infrastructure Bank, announced in Finance Minister Morneau’s Fall Economic Statement and Fiscal Update, are currently being developed by officials and will be subject to discussion and approval of Cabinet. The CPWA has been advised that these details will become available “in the coming months.” It is reasonable to anticipate that federal Budget 2017, to be tabled in the House of Commons in the spring of 2017, will shed light on the new infrastructure bank.
Transport Canada Grade Crossing Regulations
  • Reminder: As noted in the November 7th CPWA Ottawa Report, while Transport Canada’s Grade Crossings Regulations came into force immediately, and apply in full to new or modified grade crossings, municipalities and railways have until November 28, 2016 to share critical safety information regarding existing crossings, and until November 28, 2021 to ensure existing crossings meet basic safety requirements.
  • Additional details are available from Transport Canada.
Underground Infrastructure Safety Enhancement Act
  • Following several months of review with stakeholders, including a transparent comment period in early 2016, the Underground Infrastructure Safety Enhancement Act (Bill S-229) was tabled by Senator Grant Mitchell in the Senate on September 29, 2016
  • Bill S-229 had its second reading on October 4th and has not advanced in the Senate since that date. It is not expected to move to Senate Committee for study until early in 2017
  • CPWA’s representative participated in a conference call of interested stakeholders hosted by the Alberta Common Ground Alliance (Alberta CGA) on November 15th. Information was exchanged by stakeholders and the Alberta CGA will distribute draft letters of support that stakeholders, including the CPWA, can send to Senators in support of this legislative initiative.
Standing Senate Committee on National Finance Infrastructure Study
  • The Senate’s National Finance Committee continued its study on the financing of federal infrastructure programs this week. It is anticipated that the Senate Committee will devote several more days to its review.

 

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