The bridges in the Minister of Transport's Portfolio could be categorized as International, Interprovincial, or Intraprovincial structures.
Constitutionally, legislative authority over international and interprovincial bridges and tunnels fall with federal jurisdiction while intraprovincial structures fall within provincial jurisdiction. However, due to special circumstances at various times in the past, ownership of bridges is not always along constitutional lines.
The bridges in Transport Canada's Portfolio are not owned by the Department. They are owned, operated and maintained by various arms-length organizations that are mandated to provide a safe, efficient and environmentally responsible transportation link.
In supporting these arms-length organizations, the Bridge directorate at Transport Canada is responsible for:
* Please note that access to some of the International Bridges web sites is provided as a courtesy only. Therefore, comments are in the language in which they were communicated to us.