Encouraging Job Creation, Investment and Trade in Ontario
March 27, 2019 - The Ontario government is putting people first by 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 our 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. We are determined to improve our transportation infrastructure and create
good jobs for our construction industry," said Yurek.
Today's 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.
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," said Steve Smith, President, Ontario Road Builders' Association.
"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. 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," said Bryan Hocking, Chief Operating
Officer, Ontario Road Builders' Association.
- Ontario manages over 16,900 centreline-kms of highway and more than 2,850 bridges
across the province.
- Ontario will tender 123 highway projects across the province