Parks Canada to look at divesting highways, bridges, dams
Parks Canada is considering whether to give up as much as $8.3 billion of its highways, bridges and dams. The agency plans to hire an outside consultant to advise on "options for divestiture or transfer" of infrastructure not considered part of its core mandate to safeguard Canada's cultural assets, says a recent notice (Professional Services - Pre-feasibility Study for Rationalization of Highways, Bridges and Dams, Parks Canada).
Bridges that have heritage value will be retained. But the "pre-feasibility" study will look at whether to shed any of the rest of Parks Canada's general infrastructure, which represents close to half of the agency's $17.5 billion worth of built assets.
Dean Beeby, CBC News