Canadian Competitiveness for Infrastructure Investment

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Canadian Competitiveness for Infrastructure Investment

Canada’s economic and social well-being relies on infrastructure to facilitate mobility, transportation, trade, communication, utilities, and a host of social services. However, there appears to be a large and growing infrastructure deficit, estimated to be about $600 billion. Surveys show that most Canadians are increasingly dissatisfied with the adequacy and quality of our national infrastructure. At the same time, Canada also appears to have developed a reputation as an unattractive destination for infrastructure investments necessary to address the growing deficit from the issue of regulatory and policy uncertainty, delays, and burdens that have increasingly become substantial impediments.

Research also reveals a significant worsening in Canada’s infrastructure adequacy and performance relative to our peers, especially in transportation, warehousing, and logistics. Why?

Fortunately, there are also some positives. Canada does well in terms of having competitive tax rates. And, while there is a tendency for our pension funds to invest much more in infrastructure projects in other countries and much less in Canada, it shows the potential and the need for better incentives to tap more of these funds for infrastructure development in Canada.

Join us March 15, 2023 for this important discussion.


  • Kent Fellows, Assistant Professor, Department of Economics; Graduate Program Director – Master of Public Policy; Research Program Director – Canadian Northern Corridor, The School of Public Policy, University of Calgary
  • Robert Mansell, Research Fellow, School of Public Policy; Emeritus Professor of Economics, University of Calgary

8:30 – 9:00 a.m. In-Person registration, refreshments, & networking

9:00 – 9:30 a.m. Speaker Discussion: Canadian Competitiveness for Infrastructure Investment

9:30 – 10:00 a.m. Question and answer period

University of Calgary, Downtown Campus,
The School of Public Policy
CNOOC North America Technology & Conference Centre – Floor 5
906 8th Ave SW

There is no fee to attend, but registration is required.

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