Putting tolls on highways that go through Parks Canada websites in Western Canada could net the federal company about $85 million a year, states an expert’s report on how to manage the parks’ roads, bridges and dams.But that revenue-generating procedure is likely”off the table “because of a federal policy that needs alternate free routes through nationwide parks.On the other hand, the report determined 183 dams and bridges worth practically$ 1.3 billion as prime targets for disposal, whether through sales or transfers to other levels of government. The consequences of a mudslide on Highway One through Glacier National Park. Parks Canada is taking a look at how to much better manage its non-core properties, such as highways, through possible sales or transfers.(Parks Canada )”There are no evident legal show-stoppers in terms of ability to move land under the dams and bridges to another entity, “says the August 2018 report.”This should be analyzed more carefully by PCA [Parks Canada Agency]” Transfer to another entity is likely to accomplish the results desired by PCA. “The findings belong to a$204,187 assessment by KPMG LLP of the potential divestiture of” non-core”Parks Canada assets– infrastructure items owned by the firm that are not viewed as having heritage or cultural worth and therefore fall outside its core mandate.The 59-page draft report was acquired by CBC News under the Access to Information Act.Parks Canada owns about 15,000 infrastructure possessions– buildings, roadways, dams, etc.– worth$ 17.5 billion;
about$8.3 billion of that property swimming pool is considered non-core. About half the entire stock is thought about to be in poor or very poor condition, needing approximately $2.9 billion in postponed repairs.The Liberal federal government asked the agency last year to prepare medium- and long-term prepare for its asset portfolio. Parks Canada worked with KPMG to start the process.Five stretches The KPMG report analyzed 5 stretches of the Trans-Canada highway in Western Canada that
have the capacity for roadway tolls. About 186 kilometres of the coast-to-coast highway gone through Banff (which has two sections), Yoho, Glacier and Mount Revelstoke national parks.The consultants reviewed 2017 traffic
volumes and assumed a one-way toll of $2.50 per car. Expenses to build toll booths, personnel them and cover overhead administrative costs were likewise computed.” [P] otential net revenues from tolling were estimated at approximately $85 million annually,”states the report. “This would suffice to cover the cost of implementation of a tolling system in the very first one to 2 years.”… the analysis indicates that tolling is not a viable option. -Parks Canada representative Dominique Tessier A spokesperson for
Parks Canada stated that the draft KPMG report is initial and still being evaluated, and that the” analysis indicates that tolling is not a feasible choice.”” Parks Canada presently has no prepare for divestiture of these properties and no choices relating to future action or next steps associated with Parks Canada’s properties have actually been taken,”Dominique Tessier said in an email.She said the report was”exploratory”and will be finalized later on
this fall.The report notes that present federal legislation prohibits Parks Canada from moving ownership of the land under the highways, and that tolling is not currently possible
because of a federal policy that “requires … a reasonable alternative’free ‘route to be available to the general public.” KPMG also suggests that Parks Canada might contract out highway upkeep to the private sector or other levels government to” much better enhance “its functional spending.The non-core bridges and dams”have moderate to
potentially high pre-feasibility as a transfer candidate.”There are 80 such bridges– covering the historical Chambly, Lachine and Rideau canals and the Trent-Severn Waterway– that together are worth about $ 225 million.Another 103 dams on the same waterways, as well as the Saint-Ours Canal, are estimated to be worth about
$1 billion.A British Columbia member of Parliament whose Kootenay-Columbia riding includes 4 national parks– Kootenay, Yoho, Revelstoke and Glacier– stated he frets tolls could end up making
sees to the nationwide parks less cost effective for common Canadians.Charged again?”These need to be places that everybody can manage to go to and to get in without having to pay extra expenses, “New Democrat MP Wayne Stetski told CBC News.”You have actually currently paid for that highway as soon as through your taxes.
Should you be charged once again through tolls?” Stetski, who has experience working with the Manitoba and B.C. provincial parks services, said privatization could hurt small communities that support Parks Canada operations by dramatically cutting salaries.” Parks Canada and the federal government requirement to consider the prospective impact on little communities of privatizing any of those resources, in regards to what it would ultimately mean for those communities being
locations (where) individuals can pay for to live. “Stetski stated that, at a minimum, the Canadian public requirements to be spoken with before any choices are made.Parks Canada runs 46 national forests
, a nationwide metropolitan park, 4 national marine preservation areas and 171 nationwide historical websites, consisting of nine historical canals.