Northern Assets: Transportation Infrastructure in Remote Communities

The Conference Board of Canada, 78 pages, December 14, 2011
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This report offers policy recommendations for developing much-needed transportation infrastructure in Canada’s North, given its importance for creating community links, enhancing commercial prospects, and facilitating economic growth.

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Gaps in transportation infrastructure in Canada’s North need to be addressed to improve commercial prospects, strengthen regional connections, provide access to key health and social services, and facilitate the flow of people and goods.

Benefit-cost analysis for transportation infrastructure investments in the North must capture a full range of economic and social benefits that are unique to Northern communities.

Public and private interests can potentially both be served by transportation infrastructure projects in the North, where lower population densities and minimal shared use of infrastructure reduce economies of scale. But the risks of such partnerships must be managed properly.

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