In the absence of a sustained federal role in highway transportation investment, an effective mechanism for identifying and addressing highway transportation needs at a national level is a pressing requirement in Canada. In response to this requirement, the Council of Ministers Responsible for Transportation and Highway Safety agreed to create and sponsor a National Highway Policy Study for Canada in September, 1987. The goals established for this study by the Council of Minsters were to: Identify future needs and define standards for the Canadian primary highway system; Establish the benefits and costs of meeting these needs; Establish funding alternatives for meeting those costs with a view towards recommending adoption of a national policy by their governments. To meet these goals a multi-phased study was proposed and representatives of the provincial territorial and federal transportation ministries were appointed to a steering committee charged with carrying out the study. The first phase of the study was used to develop broad highway policy objectives, to identify a national highway network, to establish design and operation standards for these highways and to inventory the nature and condition of the identified network. The second phase of the study assessed the costs of achieving the established highway design and operational standards. These costs were placed within a framework of highway users benefits and the wider economic, social and environmental impacts anticipated from an improved national highway system. Phase three work was used to initiate sectoral consultation on the early results of the study and to review some other countries' experience in the provision of highways with particular reference to national highway systems. Phase three recommended that cooperative work be undertaken that can lead directly to the formulation and successful implementation of a national highway policy for Canada. A summary of the results of Phases 1, 2, and 3 tasks are reported here.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Prepared for the Council of Ministers Responsible for Transportation and Highway Safety.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Transportation Association of Canada (TAC)

    Ottawa, Ontario  Canada 

    National Highway Policy Steering Committee

    ,   Canada 
  • Publication Date: 1990-9


  • English

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  • Features: Tables;
  • Pagination: 21 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00725961
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 11 1996 12:00AM