Our government is delivering on infrastructure projects across riding

During the 2015 election campaign, I went door-to-door in Thunder Bay-Rainy River to hear directly from you about your priorities for our community.
One thing I heard over and over was the need to invest in local infrastructure. Infrastructure is the bedrock of strong communities, and it has the power to revitalize, strengthen, and improve the everyday lives of all Canadians.
That’s why the Liberal Party platform committed to double investment in infrastructure across the country in order to support economic growth and make our communities stronger, greener, and more inclusive.
It’s also why I campaigned on a promise to work hard to deliver the infrastructure Thunder Bay-Rainy River needs to ensure our community remains one of the best places in the country to live, work, and raise a family.
Our government is delivering on our infrastructure commitments through our $186-billion Investing in Canada plan. Recognizing that modern infrastructure is much more than roads and bridges, our plan also makes historic investments in affordable housing, public transit, cultural spaces, and “green” and disaster mitigation infrastructure.
It was great to spend some time in the western part of Thunder Bay-Rainy River recently touring infrastructure projects such as these, and promoting Infrastructure Week.
I went to visit the Norbord OSB mill in Barwick to discuss economic development and the importance of taking care of the environment.
I heard directly from workers about their role and leadership in growing the economy of our region. I toured the facility, and learned more about the work they are doing and their partnerships with indigenous communities in the region, such as their partnership with Manitou Forest Products in Emo.
Their work in our region has created more than 600 well-paying jobs, and they are an example of a company that has worked hard to build a positive trading relationship with companies in the U.S.
I also went to tour the New Gold mine site in Rainy River District. I was so impressed with all of the work they have done in the past year and the quality of the infrastructure they have built.
One-quarter of the mine’s employees are indigenous, and they offer high-quality training to their employees in order to ensure our region is home to highly-skilled workers.
As well, May 17 was the grand opening of Rainy Lake Square in Fort Frances.
A $655,000 FedNor investment made it possible to build this outstanding social space that will support sustainable business development and tourism in the city by bringing in new vendors to a space that everyone in the region can visit and enjoy.
This community hub will provide a unique safe space for people to come together to enjoy live entertainment, as well as support local business owners by increasing foot traffic in the area.
Our government is proud to support this initiative that complements Fort Frances’ buy-local and eat-local movement. It is an all-around win for the community!
As you may be aware, our government recently signed a long-term agreement with the Government of Ontario for the next 10 years of infrastructure funding.
Through this agreement, more than $11 billion will be invested in “green” infrastructure, community, cultural, and recreational infrastructure, and in designated support for rural and northern communities.
By making smart investments in the infrastructure Thunder Bay-Rainy River wants and needs, our government is helping to build strong foundations for economic growth, creating good, middle-class jobs, and ensuring our community is a place where everyone has access to the opportunities they need to thrive.
I look forward to continuing to work with other local leaders to support projects that will make a real difference in our community.

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