Government to Dedicate Surplus to Municipal Infrastructure



    Proposed Bill benefits short and long-term needs of communities.

    MISSISSAUGA, ON, March 12 /CNW/ - The Ontario Government is proposing
legislation that would dedicate additional surpluses to communities across
Ontario.
    The "Investing in Ontario Act" would direct a portion of provincial
surpluses to municipalities to improve such infrastructure needs as roads and
bridges, expanding transit and upgrading social housing consequently.
    Ontario Finance Minister Dwight Duncan stated "Investing in municipal
infrastructure not only addresses the capital needs of our communities, but it
also creates more jobs in the short term and prosperity in the long run."
    "The proposed Investing in Ontario Act would strike a balance by ensuring
that surpluses would go to both debt reduction and to government priorities,"
said Municipal Affairs and Housing Minister Jim Watson. "This proposed
legislation is another clear demonstration of our government's commitment to
treating municipalities as true partners in building stronger Ontario
communities."
    OGRA's President David Leckie welcomed the announcement and said that
"Municipalities will put the additional funding to good use and address major
infrastructure needs."
    Joe Tiernay, OGRA Executive Director, stated "This Proposed Bill in
addition to Premier McGuinty's announcement at the 2008 OGRA/ROMA Conference
in February to increase Municipal Infrastructure Investment by an additional
$150 million dollars will help relieve Municipal infrastructure challenges."

    The mandate of the Ontario Good Roads Association is to represent the
infrastructure interests of municipalities through advocacy, consultation,
training and the delivery of identified services.





For further information:

For further information: Colette Caruso, Communications and Marketing
Coordinator, Ontario Good Roads Association, (905) 795-2555 or
colette@ogra.org

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