Ontario Calls for National Transit Plan
McGuinty Government Pushes for Innovative Solutions
Ontario is asking the federal government to develop a national plan for public transit and increase overall infrastructure funding to boost productivity and create jobs.
These recommendations are part of Ontario's submission to the federal government's long-term infrastructure plan. Ontario is calling for urgent investment in core economic infrastructure which includes transit. Investing in transit infrastructure projects delivers immediate economic benefits, from increasing manufacturing jobs to savings billions lost because of gridlock. Increased federal investment is also required in other types of core economic infrastructure such as:
- highways, roads and bridges
- public transit
- border crossings and gateways
- water and wastewater systems
Other recommendations include streamlining many of the administrative requirements for federal infrastructure funding, and stimulating more private sector innovation through the use of alternative financing and procurement funding models, which shift some of the risks associated with complex infrastructure projects onto private sector partners.
Investing in infrastructure is part of the McGuinty government's plan to create jobs for Ontarians and strengthen the economy. A strong economy protects the services that mean the most to families - health care and education.
- Ontario has allocated $12.9 billion for infrastructure investments in Ontario in the 2012 budget. In comparison, the federal government’s 2012 budget committed to invest $12 billion for provincial, territorial and municipal infrastructure needs for the next two years.
- Metrolinx estimates that congestion in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area costs commuters and the economy $6 billion annually.
- Since 2003, Ontario has invested more than $75 billion in infrastructure, from roads to hospitals and schools.
- In its 2012 Budget, Ontario has committed to invest more than $35 billion in infrastructure over the next three years, creating or supporting more than 100,000 jobs on average each year.
“Major infrastructure projects – that create hundreds of jobs and bring investment to Ontario -- could soon be at risk without federal leadership on economic infrastructure. Canada is one of the only developed countries in the world that places nearly all infrastructure responsibilities on provinces and municipalities.”