Shovel worthy infrastructure for our economic future


“There is the infrastructure that Canadians want – like parks and rec facilities; the infrastructure Canadians need – like hospitals and green transit; and then there’s the infrastructure that enables and pays for wants and needs- that’s trade infrastructure.”

Canada is a trade-dependent country and the west is its most trade dependent region. As such, the ability to move traded goods is the true foundation of prosperity.

For the past eight years, the Canada West Foundation, with partners, has conducted research, analysis and advocacy that has moved from making the case for the importance of trade infrastructure (the systems and assets that move primarily goods but also people to and from foreign markets), to highlighting the problems with this infrastructure, to developing solutions to those problems. That work will continue as we and our partners (or like-minded organizations) push for adoption of solutions by all levels of government and political parties.

Below are research reports, submissions and discussions that Canada West Foundation has produced surrounding trade infrastructure in the past eight years leading up to this most recent report, From Shovel Ready to Shovel Worthy: The Path to a National Trade Infrastructure Plan for the Next Generation of Economic Growth.

Canada West Foundation publications

From Shovel Ready to Shovel Worthy: The Path to a National Trade Infrastructure Plan for the Next Generation of Economic Growth
John Law with Carlo Dade
May 2022


National Infrastructure Assessment Submission
John Law and Carlo Dade
July 2021


WHAT NOW? | Building a Bridge to Trade Opportunities: A long-term approach to trade infrastructure planning
Carlo Dade and John Law
October 2019


Strategic Trade Infrastructure Roundtable Summary
Naomi Christensen, John Law and Carlo Dade
February 2017


Some Assembly Required: Cross-border infrastructure that creates jobs and growth
Shafak Sajid and Carlo Dade
November 2016


The Infrastructure that Matters Most
Canadian Chamber of Commerce,  John Law
July 2016


Building on Advantage: Improving Canada’s trade infrastructure
John Law and Carlo Dade with Mike Holden
November 2014


At the Intersection: The Case for Sustained and Strategic Public Infrastructure Investment
Mike Holden and Casey Vander Ploeg
February 2013