Transformation is an organization that has been working for over 20 years with communities, organizations, and corporations. They work on community development projects that are sustainable and have a positive impact on our environment. Our mission is to create opportunities for people through business solutions. They believe in leveraging resources and creating partnerships to solve complex problems. It’s not just about what they do but how they do it – with integrity, transparency, accountability, collaboration and innovation at its core.
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I am a big believer in Transformation as a business model because of the current and future need for infrastructure, services and resources to support a growing number of Canadians. It is important to plan today for all of our needs over the next 20 years. That is why we must look beyond traditional asset management approaches that focus on short term solutions based on lower costs, reduced risk and less disruption. We need to get past these somewhat narrow constraints, turn toward new models for building infrastructure, embracing innovation and anticipating change so we can create more livable communities where people want to live and work. Where every Canadian has access to good quality jobs with good wages and benefits; affordable housing in mixed-use neighbourhoods near transit lines or amenities; and reliable modern public infrastructure that supports our quality of life, health and environment.
Transformation is not tomorrow's model; it is today's need. As I work closely with my provincial and territorial colleagues who are all embracing Transformation as a business model, we see tremendous opportunity to better serve the needs of Canadians sooner rather than later.
It is a matter of political will to make it happen.
Our federal government is committed to a long-term funding plan that supports quality public infrastructure. We have been clear from the beginning that we want to work with our provincial and territorial counterparts as full partners in making sure that our investment decisions are fiscally responsible, socially equitable and environmentally sustainable. We know that Transformation as a business model is at the heart of this approach as it enables us to develop cost-effective programs and services which support Canada's long term economic, environmental and social goals. Our goal is not only to meet the needs of today, but tomorrow as well so we can help set Canada up for greater success over the next century. What I tell my provincial and territorial colleagues is that we have a responsibility to invest the resources entrusted to us wisely and prudently. We must take advantage of our current position in Canada's economy to deliver benefits for Canadians now while positioning them for future success.
Transformation as a business model means investment in infrastructure across Canada, not just big cities or major urban centres. It is about sustaining existing assets, modernizing aging infrastructure and ensuring all communities have access to clean air, clean water and healthy communities that support good quality jobs and well-being. Transformation initiatives like smart lighting, green street design and energy efficiency retrofits can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by an average of 30%. Imagine the impact if we could achieve similar results with other kinds of building stock? Projects like this can help improve our quality of life and create economic opportunities for Canadians.
Transformation as a business model is the way forward. It delivers real benefits to Canadians today and will continue to do so into future decades and beyond. It has become clear from our engagements with Canadians from coast to coast to coast that they want action now, not later, on issues like climate change, improved air quality for their health, timely public transportation options and better access to well-paying jobs. They do not want us waiting until tomorrow because the cost of inaction will be much higher by then - both fiscally and socially.
Transformation as a business model offers a solution - an answer - that meets the needs of people now while positioning all Canadians for greater success in a rapidly changing 21st century.