Ontario Invests In Infrastructure, Jobs
McGuinty Government Building Stronger Communities
Ontario is investing in water, sewer and other municipal infrastructure projects to help communities give families a good quality of life with real opportunities.
The funding is part of Ontario's strategy to improve infrastructure across the province, with 243 local grants for work on water pipes, roads and bridges, sewers and community centres. Construction is expected to create more than 6,700 new jobs when work begins later this year.
- 101 roads and bridges
- 60 water and sewer systems
- 42 community centres, libraries and arenas
- 40 other projects.
Improving infrastructure is part of Ontario's five-point plan to build a stronger economy. The government's Budget, released earlier this week, also outlined investments in skills and training along with plans to lower business costs, support innovation and strengthen key industry partnerships.
The government's 2008 Budget includes $1 billion in new funding for municipal infrastructure in 2007--08:
- $400 million for roads and bridges outside Toronto
- $497 million for public transit in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area, and
- $100 million for infrastructure investments to rehabilitate existing social housing units, including energy-efficiency improvements.
- Through the Municipal Infrastructure Investment Initiative, municipalities had the opportunity to apply for help to fix roads, bridges, water and sewer systems, and community recreational facilities
- Under the Investing in Ontario Act, municipalities would receive a portion of provincial surpluses exceeding $800 million for their infrastructure need.
- About four million more people are expected to settle in Ontario in the next 25 years
- Ontario has 16,525 kilometres of provincial highway — enough to cross Canada twice.
“Improving Ontario's infrastructure is one part of our five-point plan to strengthen our economy. These investments in things like roads and community centres not only build healthy, vibrant communities, but also stimulate future investments and job growth.”
“I am pleased that we are able to partner with the Municipality of Strathroy-Caradoc to make improvements to the West-Middlesex arena. I congratulate Strathroy-Caradoc on its recognition of the importance of providing quality recreational space for the community.”
Maria Van Bommel