Infrastructure for Jobs and Prosperity Act
If passed, the Infrastructure for Jobs and Prosperity Act would encourage strategic long-term infrastructure planning through five key components:
- Long-term Planning
The Minister of Infrastructure would be required to table a ten-year plan in the legislature. The first plan is to be tabled within three years of the legislation coming into force and subsequent plans tabled every five years.
- Guiding Principles
The province and broader public sector organizations, such as universities, hospitals and municipalities, would consider key principles when determining infrastructure plans and investments, including the following:
- demographic and economic trends and fiscal plans
- advancing the use of new technologies and practices and supporting innovative partnerships between government and industry
- protecting the environment and considering the impacts of severe weather on infrastructure
- Project Prioritization
The province would consider giving priority to infrastructure proposals that align with provincial plans. Examples include:
- the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe
- transportation plans under the Metrolinx Act, 2006
- the Lake Simcoe Protection Plan
- municipal water sustainability plans under the Water Opportunities Act, 2010
Other elements that would be considered when prioritizing plans include project proposals that demonstrate:
- a full consideration of all related capital and lifecycle costs
- a long-term return on investment
- maximized tax-base growth
- stimulated productivity and economic competitiveness
- Promoting Design Excellence in Public Works
Architects and other professionals with design expertise and experience would be involved in certain provincially owned and funded infrastructure projects. Regulations would be required before this provision would come into effect.
- Skills Training and Apprenticeship
The province would employ or engage apprentices in the construction or maintenance of certain provincial infrastructure projects. Regulations would be required before this would come into effect.