Ontario to consult public on infrastructure
By Andrew Macklin
May 21, 2015 – Ontario is launching consultations to inform the design of new infrastructure programs and a framework to prioritize needs for communities and regions outside the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA).
Moving Ontario Forward is part of the government’s plan to invest more than $130 billion over 10 years in public infrastructure, which will support more than 110,000 jobs on average each year in construction and related industries.
A significant amount of that total investment, $31.5 billion, is allocated to Moving Ontario Forward, Ontario’s plan to improve public transit, transportation and other priority infrastructure projects across the province over the next 10 years.
Part of the $15 billion in funding is already working to build important projects in communities across Ontario, including investments through the Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund, transportation in the Ring of Fire region, a new Connecting Links program and strategic highway improvements.
The province has released a discussion guide, Moving Ontario Forward – Outside the GTHA, to provide interested parties with information about these investments and how their voices can be heard.
Feedback can be submitted online or in writing by September 18, 2015. Additional opportunities to provide advice will be available through regional roundtable meetings that will be held across the province in June and July 2015.