Public policy decisions in Canada affect public works professionals and their day-to-day jobs in dramatic ways. Often they are the first to see the outcomes of policies on public infrastructure and local communities. That’s why CPWA members are important stakeholders in transportation, environment, sustainability, emergency management, asset management and other issue areas. Policy makers need to hear from public works professionals in order to make informed policy decisions. CPWA works in a non-partisan way to promote the best practices and infrastructure investment that contribute to the well-being of our communities.
Much of CPWA’s advocacy work is accomplished working collaboratively with other community and infrastructure stakeholder organizations. CPWA has a history of involvement in national collaborative initiatives, such as the National Round Table on Sustainable Infrastructure (NRTSI), National Asset Management Working Group, the Municipal Infrastructure Forum, and was one of the four founding organizations which produced the first Canadian Report Card for Infrastructure.
CPWA is often asked to provide input on issues such as asset management, sustainability, and investment in infrastructure. As example, in May 2015, CPWA President Kealy Dedman testified before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Transportation, Infrastructure and Communities regarding investment in infrastructure.