Wynne Government moves forward with key road and transit improvements
TORONTO, May 3, 2013 /CNW/ - ORBA is pleased to see a strong focus on
transportation and infrastructure in this year's budget as well as the
announcement of key funds and transportation projects. The Government
has reconfirmed their plan to spend $35 billion on infrastructure
investment and increases the total spend for this fiscal year by more
than half a billion over last year.
"We commend Premier Wynne and her government for their commitment to
investing in the future of our province by investing in transportation
infrastructure," said John Blake, President of ORBA. "Premier Wynne
understands the vital role infrastructure plays in our economy today
and in the future."
The budget shows a commitment to long term infrastructure spending which
is a welcome move. The Government has made the dedicated gas tax
revenue for municipality's permanent and confirmed plans for long term
infrastructure planning across the province. ORBA also welcomes the
$100 million in funding to build roads, bridges and other critical
infrastructure in small, rural and northern municipalities. ORBA is
encouraged by the announcement of new highway projects in the GTA,
Renfrew, Northumberland, Northern Ontario. ORBA is concerned however
by the reduction in the provincial highways budget over what was
announced last year and the continued trend of MTO significant
underspend of committed funds. It is a matter that ORBA has and will
continue to address with the Minister's office.
"We are pleased to see a number of key transportation infrastructure
project announced across the province and a commitment to long term
infrastructure planning," said Geoff Wilkinson, Executive Director of
ORBA. "ORBA welcomes the focus on addressing the infrastructure
deficit but is concerned about the cuts to and underspending of the
provincial highways budget."
The Ontario Road Builders' Association is the voice of the majority of
road building contractors who build and maintain Ontario's provincial
roads. In addition ORBA boasts approximately 100 associate members who
supply products and equipment to the industry. To learn more about
ORBA go to www.orba.org
SOURCE: Ontario Road Builders' Association
For further information:
If you have any questions about ORBA's outlook on Ontario Budget 2013 or Premier Wynne's infrastructure platform, please do not hesitate to contact Patrick McManus (firstname.lastname@example.org or 905-507-1107 ext. 225) for more details.