Manager of Corporate Asset Management
705-739-4220 ext 4451Kelly.Oakley@barrie.ca
This page highlights information contained in the Transportation AMP published in May 2021. The document outlines the current state of Barrie's transportation infrastructure and highlights costs associated with ensuring people can get around Barrie safely and effectively by driving, cycling or walking.
The City is focused on developing the best and most cost-effective approaches for maintaining its transportation network as
Barrie grows responsibly, and as the City continues to support and improve the movement of both people and goods.
While the City has made progress on maintaining transportation assets through increases to the
Road Resurfacing Program, there has been a historical underinvestment in the City's transportation assets.
By July 1, 2025, the City is required by the Province to outline the costs, risks and benefits of providing different levels of transportation service.
The City's transportation assets include a
network of roads, sidewalks, paths, bridges,
parking lots and
traffic control systems, which make it easy and safe to navigate and get around Barrie. As of 2020, the City owns approximately $1.12 billion in transportation assets, including:
*Most pedestrian bridges are within parks and are considered parks assets. The Transportation AMP includes two pedestrian bridges on the waterfront that are considered part of the
active transportation network.
As of 2021, 87.5% of transportation assets are generally in fair or better condition. This means the City has some time to plan and take preventative measures before more of our transportation assets need major maintenance or replacement (which comes at a higher cost). Areas of concern:
To maintain proper transportation management, the City should ideally spend more money on transportation assets than what is available in the budget. There is a gap between the amount available for spending and the amount needed to properly maintain our transportation assets and the services they provide.
The $41.9 million per year gap relating to growth and upgrades is largely a function of growth taking place at a slower pace than previously anticipated – this is largely outside of the City's control. Costs relating to growth will be recovered through
Development Charges to the greatest extent possible.
To help manage risk and finances related to transportation assets, the Transportation AMP recommends:
Current funding sources for building, upgrading and renewing transportation assets include:
Property taxes (through the Tax Capital Reserve)
Canada Community-Building Fund (formerly the Federal Gas Tax Fund)
Grant and debt funding
The Canadian Infrastructure Report Card (CIRC) assesses the overall health of municipal infrastructure as reported by cities and communities across Canada. Using the CIRC assessment, comparisons between the City of Barrie and the national average can be made. Generally, the City of Barrie’s linear assets – like our roads and sidewalks – are in much better condition than the national average, partially due to Barrie’s heavy growth over the last 40 years and the relative youth of the city’s transportation system. To maximize the service lives and cost-effectiveness of these relatively young assets, the City should ensure their appropriate preservation through adequate funding of renewal programs.
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