Record investments in hospitals, schools, public transit, roads, bridges and community infrastructure boost the economy and create jobs
Modern infrastructure that keeps people and goods moving, strengthens health care and education, expands access to digital services and revitalizes our communities is crucial to Ontario’s economic competitiveness and prosperity.
In 2014, you elected us to build Ontario up. Since then, the Ontario Liberal government has made historic investments in transportation infrastructure, schools and hospitals. We were the first jurisdiction in Canada to pass legislation enabling the consideration of community economic and social benefits — such as local job creation, training and improvements to public spaces — when infrastructure projects are being planned and developed.
But we are hearing from people that we need to do more. Commuters and families in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) and beyond want better transit. Communities across Ontario want better highways, roads and bridges. People in Northern and rural Ontario need better access to digital services. Investments in culture and recreation infrastructure will strengthen our communities.
That’s why the Ontario Liberals have a comprehensive plan to build and renew transit, highways, roads, bridges, hospitals and schools. We will expand access to digital services and build and upgrade cultural and recreational facilities.
We are investing about $230 billion in infrastructure over 14 years, starting in 2014-15. These investments will support about 140,000 jobs, on average, every year and create vibrant communities where families and businesses can thrive. Our plan is:
- Providing faster and more frequent GO service through GO Regional Express Rail projects; weekly trips across the network will quadruple to nearly 6,000 by 2024-25
- Investing in rapid transit, including the Toronto Relief Line Subway, Yonge North Subway Extension, Toronto Waterfront LRT, Toronto-York Spadina Extension, Scarborough Subway extension, Hamilton LRT, Ottawa LRT, Durham and London Bus Rapid Transit and rapid transit in municipalities such as Brampton, Mississauga and Waterloo
- Investing more than $11 billion to support the building of Canada’s first high-speed rail service in the Toronto-Windsor corridor; the program will begin with service from Toronto to London
- Further reducing fares for GTHA transit users, saving regular cross-boundary transit users approximately $720 a year
- Improving GO stations by providing services such as grocery stores, banking and dry cleaning right where they need them — when they get off the train or bus
- Supporting green transportation through a $140 million investment to improve cycling infrastructure
- Building and upgrading highways in Southwestern, Central, Northern and Eastern Ontario
- Helping municipalities repair roads and bridges connecting provincial highways by increasing annual funding to the Connecting Links Program to $30 million
- Investing $490 million over the next 10 years to repair and upgrade railway tracks, bridges and trains in Northern Ontario, through the Ontario Northland Transportation Commission
- Investing an additional $500 million over three years to expand broadband connectivity in rural and northern communities
- Investing in culture and recreation infrastructure, including upgrades to Variety Village, Shaw Festival theatres, a new community hub in Elliot Lake and expanding the Blackburn Arena in Ottawa
- Committed to having major public infrastructure projects comply with a community benefits framework by 2020