Trends Analysis: Infrastucture & Basic Services (2016)

Trends Analysis: Infrastucture & Basic Services (2016)

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 11:14

Infrastructure and basic services are an important part of every community across the Columbia Basin-Boundary region, as well as across the country, providing the foundation upon which we build our lives and economy. While infrastructure is often thought of as physical systems (e.g., roads, buildings), how infrastructure is defined is increasingly inclusive of services (e.g., health, education). Investments in infrastructure and services contribute to our economy, as well as enhance quality of life. Local governments are responsible for nearly 60% of public infrastructure in Canada.4 Even where responsibility rests with upper levels of government, local action related to infrastructure and basic services can result in changes, such as the recent decision to declare broadband access a basic service.

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