October 15, 2012
Ontario calls for national public transit strategy
National strategies for both public transit and border crossings and gateways are among the recommendations made by Ontario’s government as the federal government aims to create a new long-term infrastructure fund.
“Major infrastructure projects — that create hundreds of jobs and bring investment to Ontario — could soon be at risk without federal leadership on economic infrastructure. Canada is one of the only developed countries in the world that places nearly all infrastructure responsibilities on provinces and municipalities,” said Bob Chiarelli, Ontario’s minister for transportation and infrastructure, in a statement.
Ontario made a series of recommendations, such as investing in transit, streamlining many of the administrative requirements for federal infrastructure funding, and stimulating more private sector innovation through the alternative financing and procurement (AFP) model.
These recommendations were made as the current long-term infrastructure fund, Building Canada is set to expire in 2014. The federal government has committed to a dedicated infrastructure fund moving forward. The current plan dedicates $2 billion a year in federal funding to infrastructure. The new plan is expected to be announced in the 2013 federal budget.
Ontario said it is important to invest in core economic infrastructure, specifically highways, roads and bridges, and public transit; border crossings and gateways; and water and wastewater systems.
There should be dedicated funding for critical economic infrastructure, namely a national public transit strategy and a national border crossing and gateway strategy. These strategies should allocate dedicate funds across provinces and territories using relevant metrics.
“Public transit infrastructure is a specific component of Canada’s transportation system that is essential to our continued economic growth,” says the report, adding that Ontario acknowledges that federal government’s contributions to public transit systems across Ontario, particularly in regions such as the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area, Ottawa and Waterloo.
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