Provincial Building and Construction Trades Council of Ontario Passes Resolution to Support CivicAction's Regional Transportation Campaign

"What would you do with 32?"

TORONTO, Oct. 21, 2012 /CNW/ - At its 55th Annual Convention, the Provincial Building and Construction Trades Council of Ontario passed a Resolution yesterday to work with the Greater Toronto CivicAction Alliance in its campaign to build support for more investment in a regional transportation system for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA).

CivicAction and the 40+ members of its Regional Transportation Champions Council launched their "What would you do with 32?" campaign on October 10. Patrick Dillon, Business Manager of the Provincial Building and Construction Trades Council of Ontario, is one of CivicAction's Regional Transportation Champions.

At www.your32.com, CivicAction invites residents across the GTHA to answer a simple question: "What would you do with 32 extra minutes a day?" and imagine a better quality of life fueled by a better transportation network. On average, commuters will save that much time daily if the regional, multi-modal transportation plan, The Big Move, is funded and built in the next 25 years.*

"This campaign is unique in its active push to bring everyone - road and transit users, taxpayers, businesses, members and students - into the discussion," said Patrick Dillon. "We want people to talk about how the transportation system could be so much better, and how their day-to-day lives would be better with greater investment in the system."

Building the projects in The Big Move is projected to create 430,000 new jobs and generate $21 billion in employment income. Source: Metrolinx.

The Resolution commits the Provincial Building and Construction Trades Council of Ontario to work with CivicAction to promote The Big Move and ensure that new and sustainable funding sources are secured for the expansion of the region's transportation infrastructure.

"We need investment in a better transportation system that is efficient, accessible, affordable, and fully connected across the entire GTHA," said Mitzie Hunter, Chief Executive Officer of CivicAction. "This resolution is a vote of confidence from the people who face congestion getting to work sites every day, and who will be instrumental in constructing the new infrastructure that comes with greater investment."

The Provincial Building and Construction Trades Council of Ontario is an organization that represents 150,000 construction workers in the province.

SOURCE: Provincial Building and Construction Trades Council of Ontario

For further information:

please contact Business Manager Patrick Dillon:

Tel: (416) 347-8245
e-mail: patrick@ontariobuildingtrades.com

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