Transit Vehicles Must Have Canadian Content
McGuinty Government Keeps Transit Investments Working in Ontario
TORONTO, March 20 -
Transit vehicles bought with provincial funding must now have at least 25 per cent Canadian content.
The fair and balanced made-in-Canada policy will promote economic development and protect Ontario's skilled manufacturing jobs, many of which depend on export sales.
Like the City of Toronto, which recently commissioned professional advice on content rules, the province decided on 25 per cent Canadian content as the best way to support Ontario jobs and to safeguard an open bidding process that ensures value for taxpayers' dollars.
"This approach will create jobs for Ontarians as we build a greener, more comprehensive and convenient public transit system," said Transportation Minister Jim Bradley.
"Canadian manufacturers and exporters who supply infrastructure projects need a globally-competitive business environment," says Jayson Myers, President of Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters. "That starts with policies that provide them with a level playing field. Ontario has taken a step in the right direction today."
- Ontario's new transit procurement policy will protect and create
thousands of jobs in Ontario.
- The Ontario government had a five-year agreement to buy transit
vehicles built at Bombardier Transportation's plant in Thunder Bay,
Ontario. The contract expired in 1997.
- Quebec's centralized bus procurement agency, Urban Transit
Association of Quebec (ATUQ), which is not a provincial agency,
requires 20 per cent Canadian content.
Move Ontario 2020 is the $17.5 billion transit action plan for the Greater Toronto Area and Hamilton. Eighty-two per cent of the funding will be invested in Ontario and create 160,000 jobs. This grows to 190,000 jobs when provincial support for transit projects in Kitchener-Waterloo and Ottawa is included.
See how Metrolinx is creating a blueprint for a more effective transportation system across the Greater Toronto Area and Hamilton.
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