We are going to be hearing about this subject more and more in the coming years as our 100 year old pipes and sewers crumble and infrastructure long surpasses expiration dates. Victoria needs to take a serious look at addressing our infrastructure deficit which the 2016 Canadian Infrastructure Report estimates at around $500 million.
The City of Victoria has avoided commissioning a report of their own to get an exact number after a preliminary study forecast a figure over $1 billion. Whatever the true number, it will be a daunting figure, but it is something we must tackle instead of kicking the can down the road as this council has done for decades. We need our local representatives looking towards the future knowing they will personally face the long term consequences of every decision City Council makes today.
Together we can both serve the present and build a prosperous future for our city for generations to come.