National Public Works Week Declared in Ontario
McGuinty Government Recognizes Contributions Of Public Works Workers
May 15 to 21, 2011 has been declared National Public Works Week in Ontario.
The week recognizes the dedicated men and women who contribute to public works and infrastructure across the province. It also provides an opportunity to highlight the essential role that public works plays in building vibrant communities and strong, local economies.
Examples of public works and infrastructure in Ontario communities include:
- Roads, bridges and highways that move families and goods
- Pipes that deliver safe drinking water
- Transit systems that move people within and between communities
- Schools, colleges and universities where Ontario students learn and grow
- Broadband internet towers that connect us to the world
- Parks, recreation centres and ice rinks where families get active.
Investing in Ontario's roads, highways, transit, hospitals and schools is part of the government's plan to create jobs, grow local economies and ensure the province remains strong and competitive for years to come.
- Ontario has invested $62 billion in infrastructure since 2003, creating or supporting over 80,000 jobs on average per year.
- Over the next three years, the province plans to invest more than $35 billion in infrastructure, creating and supporting over 300,000 jobs.
“This occasion provides an excellent opportunity to highlight the importance of investing in public works and infrastructure projects. Our government greatly appreciates the work of the dedicated men and women in public works and welcomes the opportunity to acknowledge them.”