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:
- Policy and programs
- International Bridges and Tunnels Act
- Legacy agreements
- Safety and regulations
- Guidelines for the construction of an international bridge or tunnel
- Guidelines for the alteration of an international bridge or tunnel
- Guidelines for the change in ownership, operator or control of an international bridge or tunnel
* 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.
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