Highways and Infrastructure loomed large in the last provincial budget, with the government pledging $576 to upgrade the province’s roads and bridges.
The ministry also stands tall in consultant spending, ranking third behind Central Services and Health in our review. We identified 45 consultants earning $7.4 million in 2013-2014. This was a big jump from the $2.7 million spent in 2008-2009, and just over $1 million spent in 2005-2006.
Over the past two years of public accounts, engineering consultants were the most in demand, followed management consultants. There were also a few forestry and environmental consultants hired by the ministry.
Top consultants over two years, between 2012 and 2014, were:
- EBA Engineering Consultants ($2,423,944)
- EBA Tetra Tech EBA ($2,198,339 – Tetra Tech acquired EBA, so they share the same website)
- MDH Engineered Solutions ($1,158,853)
Management consultants included:
Highways downloadable data spreadsheet (Excel file)