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Ontario investing $190B in public infrastructure over 13 years

The long-term plan includes integrating climate change considerations into infrastructure planning, building resilient and substantive infrastructure and better linking infrastructure investments to social policy.


infrastructureThe province of Ontario has released a new plan detailing the its commitment to public infrastructure such as hospitals, schools, public transit, roads and bridges.

The Building Better Lives: Ontario’s Long-Term Infrastructure Plan 2017 lays out the government’s investment in infrastructure—about $190 billion over 13 years.

The plan includes:

  • Integrating climate change considerations into infrastructure planning to ensure environmental sustainability
  • Building resilient and substantive infrastructure in an era of accelerated change and disruptive technologies
  • Better linking infrastructure investments to social policy initiatives such as community benefits projects and apprenticeships that support more jobs and training opportunities
  • Improving access to critical infrastructure such as broadband connectivity for communities across Ontario, whether in rural, Northern or urban areas
  • Ensuring broader community need is taken into consideration in infrastructure planning and public property decision-making through the implementation of a Social Purpose Real Estate strategy
  • Informing people about new infrastructure being built in their neighbourhoods through an interactive online map of over 3,500 projects across the province

The plan also includes Ontario’s first-ever asset inventory describing the condition, age and value of provincial infrastructure assets by sector.

study by the Centre for Spatial Economics found that, over the long term, real GDP in Ontario rises up to $6 on average per dollar of public infrastructure spending.

The government will allocate up to $400 million this year from the Trillium Trust to support investments in public transit, transportation and other priority infrastructure projects.