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Ontario investing $1.3 billion in highway infrastructure


March 31, 2019
By Province of Ontario

The Ontario government is investing $1.3 billion to rebuild and restore highways across the province. Jeff Yurek, minister of transportation announced funding for projects that will help create jobs for Ontario’s construction industry and keep highways safe and reliable so that Ontario has a transportation network that encourages job creation, investment and trade in every region across the province.

“Our government is delivering on our commitment to be open for business and open for jobs,” Yurek said. “We are determined to improve our transportation infrastructure and create good jobs for our construction industry.”

The announcement confirms that the government is planning to proceed with 123 rehabilitation projects across the province.
“As our government manages Ontario’s finances in a responsible manner, we are protecting services that matter most, including road maintenance,” Yurek said. “No matter what the service, policy, program or investment, our government puts people at the heart of our decision making. This funding is a clear example of that commitment. We are working to improve road safety for all Ontarians.”

“Our work is about investing in people, in safety, and in the success of Ontario,” Steve Smith, president, Ontario Road Builders’ Association, said. “The government’s commitment to transportation infrastructure funding supports the continued success of Ontario’s road building contractors who have strong, proven track records and close ties with local communities, as well as supporting the provincial tax base. With the announcement today, contractors are able to plan their operations, hire staff, mobilize equipment and invest in supply chains and local economies across Ontario.”

“ORBA members build virtually all of the provincial and municipal roads, bridges and transportation infrastructure across the province and the road building sector directly employs in excess of 30,000 workers at peak season,” Bryan Hocking, chief operating officer, Ontario Road Builders’ Association, said. “The announcement today helps us continue our work with the government on connecting and enhancing the productivity of communities, alleviating congestion, and enhancing the safety of everyone who uses Ontario’s transportation infrastructure.”