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The federal government must make municipal infrastructure a top priority in the next budget; protecting and strengthening the public infrastructure that drives the Canadian economy. That’s the message from CUPE and its partners from the Municipal Infrastructure Forum (MIF), who today unveiled their shared principals of what needs to be in a federal infrastructure plan.

Our partners in the Forum represent a broad spectrum all agreeing on the vital role infrastructure plays in our national economy,” said Paul Moist, national president of CUPE, who worked with the MIF on the union’s behalf. “With the current federal funding set to run out in 2014, the next federal budget must have a clear long-term plan for stable and dependable funding for municipal infrastructure needs.”

Started in February 2012, the MIF brought together representatives of labour, local and municipal governments, business leaders, and professional associations to share information and exchange ideas on solving Canada’s infrastructure challenges.

The Forum members agreed growing gaps in infrastructure investments are hurting the Canadian economy, and we need national leadership is needed to rebuild and secure the country’s vital public infrastructure.

This Forum clearly shows we can all work together – across the public and private sector – to make sure future generations can keep benefiting from the roads, community centres, water and waste water systems, and bridges that drive our economy,” said Moist. “By investing in public services and infrastructure that can be accessed equally, we can help ensure a better life for all Canadians.”

Joining CUPE as members of the Municipal Infrastructure Forum are the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, the Hub-City Chambers of Commerce, Insurance Bureau of Canada, Engineers Canada, Canadian Construction Association, Canadian Public Works Association, Canadian Chamber of Commerce and the City of Toronto.