Ontario's Construction Industry tapped as strategic partner
(TORONTO - June 24, 2011) Infrastructure Minister Bob Chiarelli today launched Ontario's much anticipated long-term infrastructure investment plan. Entitled Building Together, the program is an Ontario first; mapping out an unprecedented level of core infrastructure planning, investment and economic development for the next ten years. Representing the beginning of what it calls an "Era of Renewal", the province is dedicating $35 billion for the first three years of the plan and is then committed to continued significant future investments.
Today's announcement represents a significant win for Ontario's construction industry as it drives infrastructure to the forefront of government priorities. "Building Together provides a highly credible framework from which to build Ontario's infrastructure expansion and renewal program. With its emphasis on economic infrastructure, this comprehensive plan supports jobs in the construction sector and fosters growth and prosperity across the province," said COCA President Ian Cunningham.
At the heart of the government's initiative are strategic investments in transportation, health care and education sectors. These investments, coupled with a new level of direct engagement between the province, communities and businesses will serve to ensure more efficient and effective spending of taxpayer dollars that will improve the quality of life for all Ontarians.
"This plan was built from the ground up and it shows," said Cunningham. Government consultations with stakeholders for this initiative spanned almost a year. During these conversations the construction industry consistently voiced its concern about the ability of small and medium-sized businesses to play a meaningful role in government's plans to improve Ontario's infrastructure. "There are some new ideas here and there is evidence that government has been listening to stakeholders," said Cunningham. "Building Together will provide opportunities for small and medium as well as big business within our industry to engage the full range of their talents to build a prosperous Ontario."
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For more information contact:
Vice President, Policy & Government Relations
Council of Ontario Construction Associations
416-968-7200 ext. 223 / email@example.com