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Infrastructure, Services and Regulatory Framework

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Alberta’s producers and shippers enjoy the lowest access costs for imports to and exports from Western Canada to anywhere in Western North America.

Alberta’s efficient, 160,000 km highway network connects population centres and enables producers and shippers to reach markets within and outside the province. Over 28,000 km of these highways are paved.

Highway Infrastructure 1997/98

Alberta’s high-standard highway system routinely handles trucks of up to 62,500 kg and provides links with all major Western North American markets. Higher truck weights and dimensions (turnpike doubles and triples) provide shippers with the lowest possible unit costs for transporting their goods.

More than 368,000 registered commercial vehicles in Alberta carry goods domestically, interprovincially and internationally.

1998 Fuel Tax Rates

Alberta has the lowest road fuel taxes in Canada and no provincial sales tax. It reinvests all revenues from fuel taxes and fees to expand and maintain its excellent highway infrastructure.

Annual Government User Charges For Vehicles

Alberta has the lowest overall highway user charges for automobile and truck operations in Western Canada. These include direct government charges such as operator licenses, vehicle registrations and fuel taxes.

Road Infrastructure

Four-laned, interstate-quality roads provide fast, efficient and safe access to major markets, along north-south and east-west trade corridors.

Alberta’s trucking sector is completely deregulated, except for safety compliance. This allows shippers and receivers to negotiate highly competitive freight rates.

Rail Infrastructure

Two national railways - Canadian Pacific Railway Company (CPR) and Canadian National (CN) - serve Alberta. Alberta is also home to RaiLink Ltd., one of Canada’s largest shortline rail operators, as well as the newest, Alberta RailNet Inc. Alberta's railways operate approximately 8,000 km of track within the province, connecting it to all of Canada, North America and major ocean ports. Both CPR and CN have or are building major new intermodal terminals in Edmonton and Calgary.

Air Infrastructure

Alberta has the advantage of two international airports; Calgary and Edmonton, that provide direct service to many North American and international cities. A number of regional airports connect with North American and international cities through Alberta's international airports. All airports provide important access to global locations.

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