P.E.I. transportation minister helps launch national road safety strategy

Published on February 3, 2016

Canada's provincial and territorial ministers responsible for transportation and infrastructure are meeting in Ottawa to discuss strategies to improve road safety across the country.

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Investing in road infrastructure and enhancing enforcement are part of the federal strategy for making Canada’s roads safer.

Federal, provincial and territorial ministers responsible for transportation and highway safety are met in Ottawa Wednesday to advance key strategies, including unveiling a new plan to further improve road safety. 

The ministers launched Canada’s Road Safety Strategy 2025 – Towards Zero: The Safest Roads in the World (www.roadsafetystrategy.ca).

This strategy, developed by the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators, builds on the success of earlier campaigns to pursue a long-term vision towards zero fatalities and serious injuries on roads. It outlines a 10-year timeline to address important road safety issues in Canada, including enhancing enforcement, improving road infrastructure, supporting research, leveraging vehicle safety technologies and raising public awareness of factors contributing to collisions.

P.E.I. Transportation Minister Paula says her province is looking to partner with the federal government to make key infrastructure upgrades.

“The roads of Prince Edward Island, and all of Canada, are safer than ever, but we are committed to continuing to reduce death and injury on our highways” said Biggar.

“Investments in our infrastructure build our economy, and keep people safe as they travel our nation. The money that is spent on building our capacity to travel safely and to transmit energy sustainably will yield benefits for years and decades to come.”

In addition, federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau, co-chairman of the Council of Ministers Responsible for Transportation and Highway Safety, shared his priorities, including support for trade infrastructure and rail safety.

Garneau also outlined next steps as the federal government considers the findings coming out of the Canada Transportation Act Review. He emphasized that a strong partnership between the federal, provincial and territorial governments is key to addressing collective challenges and embracing opportunities.

“Today, with a renewed spirit of collaboration, federal, provincial and territorial transportation and highway safety ministers had a productive meeting, working together to support sustainable growth and improve safety,” said Garneau. “We discussed the critical importance transportation infrastructure plays in stimulating the economy and the importance of working together to make improvements to the transportation system. I look forward to working with my colleagues to make progress on these important issues.”

The ministers also talked about how projects can stimulate the economy and address climate change issues. That could include investing in things like the electrification of transport.