Ontario Communities To Benefit From More Than $1 Billion In Infrastructure Investments
The Honourable John Baird, Canada's Transport, Infrastructure and Communities Minister and the Honourable George Smitherman, Ontario's Deputy Premier and Minister of Energy and Infrastructure, today announced more than $1 billion for 289 infrastructure projects in Ontario communities with populations of fewer than 100,000 people.
These projects across the province will create jobs, help stimulate the economy and improve the quality of life of Ontarians.
"Today we are investing in the heart of Ontario and Canada," said Minister Baird. "We are delivering results to Ontarians in these difficult economic times by building roads, bridges and water systems. These important investments will create jobs and help our economy now and for years to come."
"Strengthening Ontario's infrastructure backbone will boost the fiscal health of communities and improve the daily quality of life of residents across this province," said Minister Smitherman. "These projects will put Ontario on a more solid footing to tackle our challenges and forge a brighter future."
Today, the federal and provincial governments have taken steps to get shovels in the ground and to flow money faster for targeted infrastructure projects. The governments of Canada and Ontario are providing up to two-thirds of the funding for eligible project costs while municipalities provide the remaining one-third of project costs.
"Investing in municipal infrastructure is an investment in jobs, productivity and prosperity," said Peter Hume, President of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario. "Ontario and Canada recognize that Ontario municipalities are prepared to put this investment to work right away."
"Building a strong and healthy country starts at the community level," said Tony Clement, Minister of Industry. "In the midst of global economic uncertainty, these strategic investments in our communities show that our Government is taking action to boost our economy and help create a better future for Ontarians and for Canadians."
"We're creating jobs for families and making our communities stronger by investing in infrastructure in rural Ontario," said Leona Dombrowsky, Ontario Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. "This is another example of how the McGuinty government is keeping Ontario moving with targeted investments that matter to people in their everyday lives."
A list of funded projects is available in the Intake One backgrounder.