Canada and Ontario Sign $6.2-Billion Building Canada Infrastructure Agreement
Improvements to Highway 11/17 in northwestern Ontario, Ontario rural broadband coverage, Waterloo Region rapid transit, and the Huron Elgin London Project for clean water are priorities under Building Canada and ReNew Ontario
London--The governments of Canada and Ontario today announced the signing of an infrastructure Framework Agreement worth more than $6.2 billion under Building Canada, the Government of Canada's long-term infrastructure plan. The Plan will help address infrastructure needs and priorities in Ontario until 2014.
The Honorable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, the Honourable George Smitherman, Ontario Deputy Premier and Minister of Energy and Infrastructure, the Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance, and the Honourable Dwight Duncan, Ontario Minister of Finance, participated in today's announcement.
The governments of Canada and Ontario also identified improvements on Highway 11/17 in northwestern Ontario, expanding rural broadband coverage in southern and eastern Ontario, and rapid transit in the Waterloo region as initial priorities that the two governments will work together on under Building Canada. In addition, the Government of Canada has previously announced up to $50 million to the HELP Clean Water (Huron Elgin London Project) and Ontario today also committed up to $50 million for the project as well. Both governments have also previously announced up to $50 million each towards the expansion of the Ottawa Congress Centre.
- Through its unprecedented $33-billion Building Canada infrastructure plan, the Government of Canada will provide long-term, stable and predictable funding to help meet infrastructure needs across Canada. Building Canada will support a stronger, safer and better country.
“The Building Canada infrastructure plan will help support economic growth, a cleaner environment and the overall prosperity of all Ontarians. Substantial infrastructure funding was long overdue in this country and we’re getting it done. Clean drinking water, safer highways, expanded public transit and improved connectivity are all clear examples of the concrete results that Building Canada will deliver to the people, cities and communities of Ontario.”
“The Framework Agreement will help keep Ontarians green and connected – through investments in transit, roads, and surfing the Internet. The McGuinty government is committed to building a better quality of life for Ontarians, and this agreement is a clear example of how we all benefit when the governments of Ontario and Canada work together.”
“As Canada’s Minister of Finance, I appreciate the importance of investing in infrastructure, that’s why we are making the largest single federal investment in public infrastructure since World War Two, that’s why we made federal gas tax funding permanent, and that’s why we have established the Government of Canada’s first public, private partnership office.”
“The funding under the Framework Agreement will help create good-paying jobs and strengthen our economic competitiveness. Together, we are making the right investments in Ontario’s infrastructure to position this province for future prosperity.”
“I’m truly happy we’ve signed the Framework Agreement with the Province of Ontario. It will greatly benefit our cities and communities by helping ensure a more competitive economy, stronger communities, a cleaner environment, and a more prosperous Ontario.”