February 11, 2011
Chiarelli trumpets Liberals’ record on infrastructure in Ontario
When it comes to construction opportunities and infrastructure growth, the current Ontario Liberal government has delivered, says the province’s infrastructure minister.
“If your business is infrastructure, you will know this government has come to the table like no other government in decades,” said Bob Chiarelli, Ontario’s infrastructure minister to Ontario Road Builders’ Association (ORBA) members at their recent convention in Toronto.
“Although stimulus funding is winding down, vital work continues.
We will continue to build upon our great record and our 10-year infrastructure plan, which we hope to roll out sometime this spring.”
Chiarelli said that Ontario’s roads and highways are a key contributor to the provinces economy and quality of life, noting that $1.2 trillion of goods are transported on them annually.
Since 2003, the province has invested $13 billion in highway infrastructure, building over 550 kilometres (km) of new highways, and rehabilitating 5,000 km of existing roads. The construction, repair and rehabilitation of the province’s roads has created or sustained 90,000 jobs, he said.
In six years ending March 2011, Chiarelli said the province will have invested $60 billion in infrastructure, not including energy investments. The last two years of the government’s stimulus initiative has created and supported more than 300,000 jobs overall. In 2010, Ontario gained 20,000 construction jobs.
“That says to me there is a whole cluster of infrastructure activity in this province today that did not exist before or on the scale that it is now,” said Chiarelli.
Current highway widening projects such as highways 7 and 417 in Ottawa, Highway 8 in Kitchener-Waterloo and Highway 406 in Welland are examples of continued road construction opportunities, he said.
The use of alternative finance and procurement will help deliver the Windsor-Essex parkway and the extension of Highway 407 east to Highway 35/115. Chiarelli said the province is committed to the Highway 407 extension.
“We’ve been assembling land and held negotiations with the First Nations on that issue,” said Chiarelli. “The commitment is there, but we need to do it in a thoughtful, responsible, affordable way.”
The province’s 10-year infrastructure plan will fuel and support the Ontario economy and shape its quality of life, said Chiarelli.
“It’s particularly important to plan for the long-term now because much of Ontario’s infrastructure is reaching the end of its lifespan, bridges being a good example of that,” said Chiarelli. “A lot of bridges are being paid attention in the consideration of the 10-year plan.”
He said he understands that some associations, like ORBA, would like to see more short term predictable funding with stimulus funding soon ending, to help “avoid the feast or famine cycle that had traditionally affected roadbuilding.”
“We are looking closely at this issue and options for dealing with it, there will definitely be no famine if we can help it.”
|MOST POPULAR STORIES|
- PCL Constructors works on Humber River Regional Hospital in Toronto
- Tower Hill unveils 56-storey condo tower project
- Hundreds of workers to be out of work as Caterpillar Inc. is set to close Toronto factory
- London association withdraws from COCA
- OPG $1 billion proposal to bury nuclear waste up for comment
- 20 Most Popular Stories
|TODAY’S TOP CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS|
These projects have been selected from 316 projects with a total value of $2,787,806,637 that Reed Construction Data Building Reports reported on Friday.
$90,000,000 Richmond Hill ON Prebid
$82,000,000 White River Twp ON Tenders
$40,650,000 Markham ON Prebid
- VIDEO: Competing in the trades
- Provinces need to loosen up apprenticeship rules
- Way Up on Westwood
- Building Up On Bayview
- Barrie Construction Association rolls with motorcycle ride for cancer
- Vimy Ridge memorial gets new visitor centre
- Minnesota Vikings unveil new multi-use stadium plan
- Proposed Ambassador Bridge twinning draws Windsor mayor’s ire
- Construction on pedestrian tunnel to Billy Bishop Airport continues to make progress
- Construction Site Arson
- Journal of Commerce Update for the week of May 20th, 2013
- Industry reacts to surprise B.C. Liberal majority
- Calgary Airport Tunnel
- Worker at centre of union sign up allegations speaks out
- Calgary program aims to get more people into the trades
- Midrise in the City
- Veterans battle barriers into the trades
- Government makes changes to online tendering
- SNC-Lavalin maintains that new bribery allegations have been resolved
- B.C. faces a tough battle for top talent
- Keyano College building state of the art training facility
- Essential skills can play a vital role in an apprentices' success
- Taking a closer look at the risks in green building for contractors
- Colleges conduct construction research in addition to teaching
- Skills Canada BC Competition
- Lower Mainland high school trades program is unique
- Construction Learning Forum aims to educate
- High schools looking for more industry participation
- Industrial construction supervisor program takes off
- Saskatchewan bill passed
- Edmonton garners support for regional cash for arena
- Feds pledge $5 million for Vimy memorial
|ALEX’S ECONOMICS BLOG|
Reed Construction Data Canada’s Chief Economist Alex Carrick discusses current developments in the North American economic environment with emphasis on the construction industry.
- An Overview of Prices and Sales in the Diverging U.S. and Canadian Housing Markets (April 25, 2013)
- Canada’s Precarious Dependence on the Commodity Price Super-Cycle (April 22, 2013)
- Twenty major upcoming residential and transportation terminal construction projects - April 2013 (April 15, 2013)