HUNTSVILLE, ON, Dec. 13, 2017 /CNW/ - Investing in public infrastructure supports efficient, affordable and sustainable transit services that help Canadians and their families get to work, school and essential services on time and back home safely at the end of a long day. The governments of Canada and Ontario are making investments that will help create well-paying jobs and grow the middle class now while building a strong foundation for a sustainable economic future.
The Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities; the Honourable Glenn Thibeault, Ontario Minister of Energy and Member of Provincial Parliament for Sudbury, on behalf of the Honourable Steven Del Duca, Ontario Minister of Transportation; and His Worship Scott Aitchison, Mayor of the Town of Huntsville, today announced funding for improved transit infrastructure for the town of Huntsville.
The Government of Canada is providing $51,000 towards the project, through the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund, with the municipality providing the balance of funding.
Work includes improving the structure and integrity of sidewalks connected to Huntsville bus stops and passenger waiting areas. These improvements will provide better access and safer travel for transit users, while also supporting the growth of Huntsville's public transit system.
This investment is part of an agreement between Canada and Ontario for the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund.
"The Government of Canada recognizes how important affordable and efficient transit infrastructure is to growing the middle class and getting Canadians where they need to go. This investment will make the Town of Huntsville a stronger, more inclusive and sustainable community, and contribute to ensuring that our communities remain among the best places in the world to live, work and raise a family."
The Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
"I am pleased to be working with our municipal and federal partners to invest our transit infrastructure. Improving safety and accessibility will help to connect our community and make sure everyone can get where they need to go. We here in Northern Ontario understand the need for increased transit infrastructure funding and I know this investment will be greatly appreciated."
The Honourable Glenn Thibeault, Ontario Minister of Energy and Member of Provincial Parliament for Sudbury, on behalf of the Honourable Steven Del Duca, Ontario Minister of Transportation
"Public transit is essential for those who work, study, and play in Huntsville. We are grateful for projects like this one that improve Huntsville Transit's services and infrastructure. This announcement further demonstrates our dedication to providing superior services that enhance our community, increase jobs, and provide economic stability for our residents."
His Worship Scott Aitchison, Mayor of the Town of Huntsville
- The Government of Canada will invest more than $180 billion over 12 years in public transit projects, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, trade and transportation routes, and Canada's rural and northern communities.
- $25.3 billion of this funding will support public transit projects, including $5 billion that will be available for investment through the Canada Infrastructure Bank.
- Since 2004, the Government of Ontario has committed more than $3.7 billion to municipalities across the province through the provincial gas tax program. This funding supports municipal transit systems.
Government of Canada's $180-billion+ infrastructure plan: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/about-invest-apropos-eng.html
Federal infrastructure investments in Ontario: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/map-carte/on-eng.html
The Public Transit Infrastructure Fund: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/ptif-fitc-eng.php
Building Ontario - Infrastructure Plan: https://www.ontario.ca/page/building-ontario
Smart Cities Challenge: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/cities-villes-eng.html
SOURCE Infrastructure Canada
For further information: Brook Simpson, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, 613-219-0149, [email protected]; Celso Pereira, Minister's Office, Ontario Ministry of Transportation, 647-201-9348, [email protected]; Denise Corry, Chief Administrative Officer, Town of Huntsville, (705) 789-1751 ext 2225, [email protected]; Infrastructure Canada , 613-960-9251, Toll free: 1-877-250-7154, Email: [email protected]