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On October 4, 2006, six well-established Ontario associations involved with Ontario's infrastructure got together to form a united association to speak for sustainable infrastructure. The founding associations were: Municipal Engineers Association (MEA), Ontario Good Roads Association (OGRA), Ontario Municipal Water Association (OMWA), Ontario Public Works Association (OPWA), Ontario Water Works Association (OWWA), Water Environment Association of Ontario (WEAO). Since that time Municipal Finance Officers' Association (MFOA) has joined OCSI to expand our representation to include municipal finance officers.

OCSI continues to seek new member associations to join with us in promoting Safe and Sustainable Infrastructure.


Ontario Coalition Sustainable Infrastructure

Mission Statement


The Mission of the OCSI is the promotion of "Safe and Sustainable Infrastructure".

The goals of the organization are:
  • To provide professional advice relating to public infrastructure in Ontario, and promote reasonable, workable legislation relating to that subject.
  • To facilitate the sharing of information among member organizations and coordinate their approaches to common issues.
  • To be an authoritative, consolidated professional voice on infrastructure matters in Ontario;
  • To be a resource partner that government can count on for sound proactive advice
  • To promote sustainable funding.




The OCSI consists of:

Municipal Engineers Association (MEA)

Ontario Good Roads Association (OGRA)


Ontario Public Works Association (OPWA)

Ontario Water Works Association (OWWA)

Water Environment Association of Ontario (WEAO)

MFOA

OCSI News And Events


[EVENT] INFRASTRUCTURE FORUM 2016

Posted on: Fri, Nov 20th, 2015

Plan to join us for the 3rd annual Infrastructure Forum.

Thursday, May 26, 2016 - TORONTO

Leveraging infrastructure investments
for economic growth in Ontario

Event information and Tickets.

Check out the Top Five Reasons You Should Attend the InfraForum

BIG THINGS HAPPENING IN ONTARIO (Panel)

STORMWATER - Christine Zimmer
(Credit Valley Conservation)

WATER - Krystyn Tully (Lake Ontario Waterkeeper)

SOIL - J.P. Marini (Terra Nova Environmental Services Inc.)

PROVOCATEURS (Speakers) 

Mike P. Moffatt
Chief Economist, Mowat Centre

Mike P. Moffatt is one of Canada's most dynamic young thinkers. He is the Chief Economist of the Mowat Centre, an Assistant Professor in the Business, Economics and Public Policy (BEPP) group at the Ivey Business School at Western University and a Research Fellow at the Lawrence National Centre for Policy and Management in addition to being a regular contributor to Canadian Business and Macleans.

Allan O'Dette
President & CEO of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce

Allan O'Dette is the President and CEO of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC), the voice of 60,000 businesses from across Ontario which collectively employ over two million people and produce nearly 17 percent of Ontario's GDP. Prior to joining the OCC, Allan was an entrepreneur and a senior executive in the biopharmaceutical industry with over 25 years of experience. 

Adam Vaughan, MP (Spadina – Fort York)
Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister (Intergovernmental Affairs)

Adam Vaughan was elected twice to Toronto City Council before voters sent him to Ottawa to represent urban issues in Parliament. As an activist and as a journalist, Adam has played a significant role in the social and economic growth of Toronto. On City Council he played a major role in reforming the planning process in the city. He led successful campaigns to rebuild and revitalize existing public housing stock while initiating new policies to create family housing, supportive housing and new co-op housing programs in Toronto. Before entering politics, Adam was a broadcast journalist for more than 20 years, specializing in municipal affairs for both the CBC and Citytv. He covered all three levels of government and has written about urban issues too.




[NEWS] A SUSTAINABLE FUNDING SOLUTION

Posted on: Wed, May 18th, 2016

FULL COST FOR WATER RATES PROVIDES A SUSTAINABLE FUNDING SOLUTION


May 18, 2016 – As one of the leading voices of public infrastructure in Canada, the Ontario Coalition for Sustainable Infrastructure (OCSI) is committed to the sustainability of our transportation, water and sewer systems and other public infrastructure. Sustainable funding is a key area of focus for OCSI.

OCSI applauds the Ontario Sewer & Watermain Construction Association (OSWCA) and the release of their report earlier this week Bringing sustainability to Ontario's water systems. The report studies the progress of the past quarter-century and identifies 18 findings and recommendations.  (See link, below, for copy of the report.)

Three recommendations include:

WATER RATES: "Although steady progress is being made, existing water and wastewater rates will need to rise, or significant improvements in productivity will need to be realized, if water services are to achieve true financial sustainability over time."

INFRASTRUCTURE: "After a generation of underinvestment in water-related infrastructure, the scale of reinvestment will necessarily be large and will need to be sustained over time."

GLOBAL: "Canada's and Ontario's water policy should recognize the growing continental importance of water-source access, preservation and conservation and new forms of economic activity related to water use. The focus should be on preserving water resources, levering competitive economic advantage (especially in the Great lakes Region), and ensuring full-cost compensation for water withdrawals. Ontario should seek opportunities to be a leader in these efforts."

"As municipalities continue their efforts in moving towards good asset management, sustainable funding sources will be required to deliver the much needed priorities for each community. Full cost recovery for water, wastewater and stormwater provides a sustainable solution for funding these essential amenities," said Carl Bodimeade, Chair of OCSI.

News Release

Link
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[ARTICLE] HOW ONTARIO CAN COPE WITH ITS $60B INFRASTRUCTURE DEFICIT

Posted on: Mon, Apr 25th, 2016

excerpt from Environmental Science & Engineering magazine, April 2016

Municipalities are faced with a growing backlog of infrastructure needs, while funding sources remain limited and contrained.  In Ontario, the municipal related infrastructure deficit (for engineering services) is estimated at $60 billion.  If other municipal infrastructure, such as parks and recreation, libraries and cultural centres are added to the total, the true deficit is much greater.

Link to article.





Past News Archive



Municipal buildings,infrastructure management and capital funding
Ontario Coalition Sustainable Infrastructure

Governance


OCSI is an issue based, umbrella type organization comprising of representatives from each of the Member Associations. Management is carried out by the Executive Committee, comprising the Chair, the Vice Chairs (one representative from each Member Association) and the Executive Director.

Chair: Carl Bodimeade
Executive Director: Darla Campbell
ExecutiveDirector@on-csi.ca




Waste Management and Sewage Treatment