Canada has an opportunity to further enhance its credentials as a global centre of excellence of innovation in infrastructure. By developing a system that enables innovation, it would see greater value for investment, and the opportunity to develop better products and services in the province to export around the world. This working group aims to help explore different approaches to enabling innovation in projects with a focus on procurement. end-user experience, resolve issues around municipal development, and examine what financing packages look like for TOD.
Innovation delivers benefits to the public who are the ultimate end users of public services.
Innovations in design, construction, or using different materials and technologies can lead to significant long-term cost savings, creating better value for taxpayers and communities.
Governments can act as a first buyer, demonstrating proof of concept leading to significant demand, and creating local jobs.
Procurement is often used by governments to solve challenges like mitigating the impacts of climate change, reducing environmental impacts, or providing sustainable public services.
Innovation in infrastructure projects can take place at any stage, but there are several factors that can hold it back. To overcome these barriers there must be a strong culture to encourage innovation, and effective processes and policies in place to enable it.