Ontario Invests In Infrastructure, Jobs



    McGuinty Government Building Stronger Communities

    TORONTO, March 28 /CNW/ - 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.

    
    Projects include:

    -  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.

    QUOTES

    "Improving Ontario's infrastructure is one part of our five-point plan to
strengthen our economy," said Premier Dalton McGuinty. "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," said
Maria Van Bommel, MPP for Lambton-Kent-Middlesex. "I congratulate
Strathroy-Caradoc on its recognition of the importance of providing quality
recreational space for the community."

    QUICK FACTS

    -  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 needs
    -  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.

    LEARN MORE

    Learn more about the 2008 Provincial
Budget(http://ontariobudget.ca/english/). Read about the government's plan to
improve public infrastructure
(http://www.pir.gov.on.ca/english/infrastructure/index.html).

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