Building Ontario's Next Generation of Infrastructure
Province Passes Act in Legislature to Promote Strategic, Long-Term Infrastructure Planning
Ontario passed the Infrastructure for Jobs and Prosperity Act today to advance long-term infrastructure planning in the province.
The legislation will require the current and future governments to table a long-term infrastructure plan at least once every five years. This will help to align infrastructure investments with Ontario's economic development priorities, and strengthen the province's competitive edge globally.
The act will promote community benefits, such as local job creation and training opportunities, through infrastructure construction. It will also help better involve apprentices in provincial infrastructure projects through apprenticeship plans.
Promoting long-term infrastructure planning will support job creation and training opportunities, economic growth and environmental protection. It will also incorporate design excellence in infrastructure planning.
Building modern infrastructure across the province as part of the largest infrastructure investment in the province's history is part of the government's plan to build Ontario up. The four-part plan is building Ontario up by investing in people's talents and skills, building new public infrastructure like roads and transit, creating a dynamic, innovative environment where business thrives, and building a secure retirement savings plan.
- Ontario has committed to investing more than $130 billion over 10 years in public infrastructure, which will support more than 110,000 jobs on average each year in construction and related industries.
- The Infrastructure for Jobs and Prosperity Act will require the province to table a long-term infrastructure plan in the legislature within three years. Subsequent plans will be tabled at least once every five years.
- Ontario joins Quebec as the only Canadian jurisdictions to legislate long-term infrastructure planning.
- Ontario released its first long-term infrastructure plan, Building Together, in 2011.
- The province’s long-term infrastructure plans will be available to the public, which is aligned with Ontario’s Open Government initiative.
- In May 2015, Ontario launched consultations to inform the design of new infrastructure programs and a framework to prioritize needs for communities and regions outside the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA).
“Our government is investing an unprecedented $130 billion over the next 10 years, and this important piece of legislation will help ensure we invest in the right ways. This act is designed to give Ontario a clear road map as we move forward with building the province’s next generation of infrastructure, by legislating long-term thoughtful infrastructure planning, so that we can strengthen our competitive advantage, attract new investments and help create more jobs across the province.”
“I am happy this new legislation will increase apprenticeship opportunities as defined by the Ontario College of Trades and Apprenticeship Act, 2009. Apprenticeships are an essential part of building a highly skilled workforce, combining mentorship from seasoned journeypersons, hands-on practical experience with on the job training and classroom studies. These opportunities will create full-time careers, not just temporary jobs, for the many young men and women who are looking to enter the skilled trades in Ontario each year.”
James St. John
“It’s great to see the government taking concrete steps to advance long-term infrastructure planning here in Ontario. Transparent planning will ensure that everybody is on the same page as we work together to improve the quality of life for all Ontarians, while creating a strong and vibrant economy.”
“I am a big believer in consultation, so I am pleased that Ontario consulted closely with stakeholders to develop this legislation and will continue to consult with us on long-term infrastructure plans. These plans will create greater predictability for the contractors who are building the province up, which will translate into better value and higher quality projects.”
“Professional engineers play an integral role in bringing the government’s infrastructure plan to life, we are very pleased this legislation recognizes our public duty. We look forward to continuing to work closely with the province to strengthen Ontario’s infrastructure for years to come.”