Ontario Takes Steps to Accelerate the Building of Key Infrastructure Projects

Published on October 27, 2020

Ontario is modernizing how key infrastructure projects are built, creating more efficient delivery of much needed public services such as public transit, long-term care beds and increased broadband coverage while providing better value on our investments.

Premier Ford, Minister Mulroney, Minister Clark, and Associate Minister Surma introduced a package of legislative and policy measures that would, if passed, accelerate the building of key infrastructure projects to create jobs and lay the foundation for a strong economic recovery.

Through our proposed measures, we’re building smarter to get shovels in the ground faster to build long-term care homes in places like Mississauga, Ajax and Toronto, better connected highway and public transit networks and transit-oriented communities.

The government is committed to collaborating with the private sector and our municipal partners to accelerate project delivery for the benefit of all individuals, families and businesses at a lower cost to the taxpayer.

Ontario’s ambitious infrastructure plan requires a strong skilled trades and professional workforce. That’s why the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development is working to help workers and employers seize opportunities by increasing apprentice registration and training opportunities through major infrastructure projects.

The extended measures are expected to help facilitate and accelerate the delivery of transit-oriented communities (TOC). The measures, such as exemption from Hearings of Necessity and new commercial arrangements, would allow the Province and its government agencies to have a consistent legislative toolkit across TOC programs that will be clear and easy to communicate to municipalities and development partners.

The proposed measures would help reduce risk and costs, mitigate unnecessary delays and could encourage competitive bidding associated with transit projects. And, the government would work to modernize policies and align processes for consistency to improve public services.

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