Province commits to Canso Causeway risk assessment following AG's report
'We need to do a better job of documenting our critical infrastructure assets,' says Zach Churchill
On Wednesday, Auditor General Michael Pickup criticized the province in his latest report for not having done so already.
The report said 8,300 vehicles and two freight trains use the causeway each day, while about six marine vessels use the canal each day.
The causeway is not alone in lacking a risk assessment plan. Pickup said risk assessments have not been completed for many government services, as well as assets like roads and bridges.
Response from province
Municipal Affairs Minister Zach Churchill said Thursday either the Emergency Measures Organization or the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal will take the lead on the file.
Pickup said things will happen that can't be planned for.
Churchill said if something were to happen to the causeway, the focus would be on re-establishing the link.
With files from Holly Conners