The federal and provincial governments are working together to make long-term infrastructure investments to create economic growth, build inclusive communities, and support a low-carbon, “green” economy-leading to a higher quality of life for all Canadians.
On March 14, federal Infrastructure and Communities minister Amarjeet Sohi and provincial Infrastructure minister Bob Chiarelli announced the signing of a bilateral agreement that will provide more than $11.8 billion over the next decade in federal funding dedicated to infrastructure projects under the Investing in Canada plan.
The projects supported through this agreement will have a total value of more than $31 billion, including $10 billion committed by the Ontario government.
These projects will be cost-shared with the Ontario government, municipalities, and other partners.
Through this agreement, the federal government will be making unprecedented investments towards infrastructure across Ontario and providing the flexibility for its communities to identify their priorities and projects.
These investments will help transform Canada in four priority areas: public transit; “green” infrastructure; community, culture, and recreation infrastructure; and rural and northern communities infrastructure.
Under the public transit stream, Fort Frances will receive $193,680.34 in federal funding and $159,786 in provincial funding to build new urban transit networks and service extensions that will transform the way citizens of Fort Frances live, move, and work.
These investments will make a positive difference in communities, resulting in the better movement of people and goods, providing clean air and water, and enabling smarter and more efficient cities.
“It’s exciting to see that investments are being made in developing public transit in Northwestern Ontario,” said Thunder Bay-Rainy River MP Don Rusnak.
“We are proud to fund these initiatives and know that it is an essential step towards transforming the way that people in our region live, move, and work, he noted.
“These investments will make a positive difference towards creating ‘greener’ and more efficient communities in Thunder Bay-Rainy River and across Canada.”
“Every dollar we invest in infrastructure is an investment in quality of life and our job-creating economy,” stressed Chiarelli.
“We are pleased join the federal government in building the public transit, “green,” recreation, and other infrastructure the people of Ontario need and deserve.”