Roads & Bridges
Premier Doug Ford to push the pace of infrastructure at annual provincial leader meeting
July 12, 2023 By Rock to Road Staff
TORONTO, Ont. – Ontario Premier Doug Ford thinks that large-scale infrastructure projects need to get going faster,and as he prepares for the annual summer meeting of provincial and territorial leaders, he’s looking to Ottawa to help.
Ford said the meeting, which runs July 10 to 12 in Winnipeg, will be a chance for him to talk to the federal government about moving large-scale infrastructure projects forward, including Highway 413 and Northern Ontario’s Ring of Fire.
“My priority at this year’s summer meeting is making sure we are doing everything we can to get shovels in the ground faster so we can build more homes and deliver on key projects,” he said in a statement to the Toronto Star.
“As we welcome hundreds of thousands of newcomers every year, we need to ensure we’re building the infrastructure required to keep pace with our historic growth.”
In his statement, the Premier shared that his request to Ottawa will look to reduce unnecessary duplication and streamline federal reviews alongside pre-existing environmental assessments at the provincial level to help major projects reach completion quicker and more efficiently.
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