TORONTO, Feb. 6, 2019 /CNW/ - The residents of Southern Ontario are benefitting from improved health, well-being and quality of life as a result of the Government of Canada's historic investments in public infrastructure.
This week, the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Canada's Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, will tour key infrastructure sites in cities across Southern Ontario and meet with Canadians who are benefitting from these investments.
On February 7th, Minister Champagne will meet with his counterpart, the Ontario Infrastructure Minister Monte McNaughton, to discuss the province's public infrastructure priorities. He will end his day with a visit to the Aurora Historical Society.
On February 8th, Minister Champagne will visit Richmond Hill, where he will tour the municipality's stormwater management facility and the Vishnu Mandir Temple. He will then visit the Cornell Bus Terminal in nearby Markham.
"All Canadians benefit from modern and resilient infrastructure that gives them a better place to call home. These investments result in better transit systems that shorten commuting times and give Canadians more quality time with their families; improved stormwater systems that give Canadians cleaner, healthier communities in which to live; better community facilities that enable Canadians to gather and forge common bonds of friendship in a country where people come from every corner of the world. That is how investments in public infrastructure connect Canadians to more opportunities to thrive."
—François-Philippe Champagne, Canada's Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
- The Government of Canada's Investing in Canada plan is providing more than $180 billion over 12 years for public infrastructure across the country.
- In partnership with Ontario and municipal leaders, the Government of Canada is investing in public transit; green infrastructure such as water systems; community, culture and recreational infrastructure; and public infrastructure in rural and northern communities.
- Under the Investing in Canada plan, the Government of Canada will provide more than $11 billion over the next 10 years to advance Ontario's infrastructure priorities. To date, Ontario has approved 10,925 infrastructure projects through this funding.
- Through the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund, Ontario has been able to purchase or upgrade over 5,400 public transit vehicles, over 12,000 new or improved bus stops and shelters, and build 128 kilometers of active transportation trails.
- Through the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund, Ontario has similarly been able to provide over 78,000 Ontarian households with new and upgraded services, including 362 kilometers of new water and wastewater piping and nearly 400 flood mitigation or storm water management projects.
SOURCE Infrastructure Canada
For further information: or to arrange an interview with the Minister, please contact: Ann-Clara Vaillancourt, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, 613-697-3778, [email protected]