McGuinty Government Announces Infrastructure Investment To Create Jobs,
TORONTO, March 20 /CNW/ - Building public transit and investing in roads,
bridges and affordable housing are all part of Ontario's plan for a strong
The McGuinty government will invest an additional $1 billion this year to
strengthen the municipal infrastructure families and businesses depend on,
helping to create about 10,000 jobs during construction.
These improvements will benefit every community in Ontario.
Municipalities will learn next week how these investments will strengthen
"We can't have a strong economy in Ontario without improving
infrastructure like public transit, roads and bridges, and affordable
housing," said Premier Dalton McGuinty. "But that's not the end, just the
means to an end: a caring, compassionate society for our families."
"Building a system that moves people and goods quickly and efficiently
will ensure we can attract and keep thousands of good high-paying jobs," said
Minister of Transportation Jim Bradley.
- This announcement builds on the province's investment of $450 million
in 2007-2008 for the Municipal Infrastructure Investment Initiative,
consisting of $300 million announced in the 2007 Fall Economic Outlook
and Fiscal Review and the $150 million announced at the 2008 OGRA/ROMA
- Today's announcement is also in addition to the proposed bill, the
Investing in Ontario Act, which would direct a portion of provincial
surpluses in excess of $800 million to municipalities for capital
- MoveOntario 2020 includes 52 projects totaling 902 kilometres of new
or improved rapid transit. This $17.5 billion investment will help
reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Learn more about MoveOntario 2020
(http://www.premier.gov.on.ca/news/Product.asp?ProductID=1383) and the GTA's
integrated transportation network, Metrolinx
(http://www.metrolinx.com/default.aspx). Learn more about Ontario's Highway
Disponible en français
For further information:
For further information: Premier's Media Office: (416) 314-8975