Ontario's Infrastructure Investment Coalition agrees with Premier McGuinty that the federal government needs to boost funding of core infrastructure



    TORONTO, Oct. 2 /CNW/ - The Infrastructure Investment Coalition (IIC)
fully supports Dalton McGuinty's request for new dedicated federal funding to
municipalities for infrastructure and public transit.
    The coalition is encouraging all three levels of government to work
together to ease the current infrastructure deficit in Ontario. In particular
the IIC would like to see all governments commit dedicated funds to core
infrastructure (public transit, roads, bridges, as well as water and sewer
systems).
    "Crumbling infrastructure is becoming more evident in communities across
Ontario. This trend needs to be reversed with increased financial commitments
from the federal government," said Andy Manahan, Executive Director of the
Residential and Civil Construction Alliance of Ontario (RCCAO).
    "Leaky water pipes might not appear to be a sexy issue but if we do not
properly maintain this underground infrastructure Canada's economic
competitiveness suffers," added Frank Zechner, Executive Director of the
Greater Toronto Sewer and Watermain Contractors Association (GTSWCA).
    The IIC is also encouraging all levels of government to look at other
solutions to the current infrastructure deficit, such as better asset
management so that funds will be spent wisely and with a life cycle approach.
In addition, the IIC supports creating a streamlined and expedited approval
process and alternative financing models for construction.
    Mr. Dalton McGuinty wrote to Prime Minister Harper last week in response
to the Federal Government's announcement that it expects a $13.8 billion
surplus. Mr. McGuinty is asking Mr. Harper to commit to dedicating the
equivalent of one percent of the Goods and Services Tax towards municipal
transit and infrastructure as well as a commitment to provide the federal
government's one-third share of the provinces $17.5 billion MoveOntario 2020
plan.

    The IIC is a newly-formed coalition comprised of the Residential and
Civil Construction Alliance of Ontario (RCCAO), Laborers' International Union
of North America (LIUNA, Local 183), Greater Toronto Sewer and Watermain
Contractors Association (GTSWCA) and the Building Industry and Land
Development Association (BILD). Further information can be found on the
coalition's website at www.infracoalition.ca.





For further information:

For further information: Andy Manahan, Executive Director, Residential
and Civil Construction Alliance of Ontario (RCCAO), (416) 904-7013 Or Frank
Zechner, Executive Director, Greater Toronto Sewer and Watermain Contractors
Association (GTSWCA), (416) 319-2004

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