Over the last few years, investment in infrastructure in Canada has considerably increased. Municipalities, provinces, and territories own the majority of public infrastructure which includes bridges, roads, wastewater systems, sports areas, transit systems, and recreation infrastructure. According to Infrastructure Canada 2016, municipal governments own 59.8% while provinces and territories own 38% of public infrastructure.
The federal government has also increased its spending on core public infrastructure over the last decade. These investments are valuable when it comes to minimizing the infrastructure gap and addressing emerging challenges.
Despite the rise in investment in the public infrastructure sector, Canada still needs a long-term strategy to improve the quality, accessibility, and, most importantly, the sustainability of services Canadians use every day. Lack of innovation and willingness to implement new technologies make it difficult for governments to maintain and build long-lasting, maintenance-free structures. The significance of effective, well-designed, and durable infrastructure cannot be undermined.
One of the challenges for all orders of governments is to assess the extent of the infrastructure gap, and how much needs to be invested. The lack of innovation in infrastructure development and the precise data on state and performance of existing structures is hindering economic development. A major portion of funds is invested in the rehabilitation of deteriorated and inefficient structures. The heavy maintenance costs can be dramatically decreased if the construction industry starts implementing materials like GFRP reinforcement and other advanced composite materials.
Importance of concrete infrastructure
Infrastructure refers to the basic systems and facilities required for a nation to function and grow. The quality of infrastructure and how effectively it serves its users greatly impact the economic growth of communities. A country cannot achieve ultimate economic growth if the capacity of its public infrastructure is unable to deal with emerging economic and social challenges.
Railways and roads play a decisive role in accelerating activities and facilitating the flow of people and goods. From telecommunications to transportation, concrete infrastructure helps Canadians adequately accomplish their daily activities. Secure sewage treatment and water supply allow Canadians to enjoy a clean environment and drinking water.
How to strengthen and extend the lifespan of concrete infrastructure
Advanced composites such as GFRP rebar provide governments with a strong and promising alternative to traditional materials. To achieve sustainable concrete infrastructure, it’s inevitable to encourage the widespread use of advanced composites in civil engineering. GFRP reinforcement products can be used both in new and rehabilitation applications. Low maintenance, high tensile strength, lightweight, corrosion resistance, and ease of installation are some of the major characteristics of GFRP construction products.
TUF-BAR manufactures and sells GFRP products in Canada and across North America. We produce the highest-quality concrete reinforcement products which effectively address the shortcomings of traditional steel. Visit our website for more information!