A Continued Commitment To Public Infrastructure
Insight Public-Private Partnerships (P3s) are making Ontario’s large-scale infrastructure projects possible.
In Ontario — where new technological discoveries are made every day that outdate previous assumptions of greatness, and the digital infrastructure we produced yesterday is considered passé tomorrow — I have always found beauty in the simple complexity of the brick and mortar infrastructure built by generations before us that have stood the test of time and have become the foundations of our urban and rural communities.
Building the infrastructure we need for tomorrow, today, is a philosophy the Ontario Liberal government proudly breathes into all of our projects that we build across this great province.
Under the leadership of Premier Kathleen Wynne, the Ontario government is committed to building public infrastructure that creates jobs for a modern economy that also helps the people of this province in their everyday lives.
"Building the infrastructure we need for tomorrow, today, is a philosophy the Ontario Liberal government proudly breathes into all of our projects that we build across this great province. "
Since 2005, our government has had great success leveraging public-private partnerships to renew aging infrastructure. Through Infrastructure Ontario, we have applied the alternative financing and procurement (AFP) model to more than 80 large, complex projects.
This made-in-Ontario approach to public-private partnerships is providing new or redeveloped healthcare facilities in every region, is building transportation infrastructure that is getting our province moving, and is helping to close the infrastructure deficit we inherited from past governments.
This fall, we tabled our Infrastructure for Jobs and Prosperity Act, 2013, which is about taking this commitment to planning and investment to another level and showing continuous improvement in strategic, evidence-based and long-term infrastructure planning.
"As we look to the future, it is our hope that the infrastructure we build today will have a lasting legacy and benefit for all Ontarians, and will strengthen our economic and social footing in the world for centuries to come."
Investing in our future
High quality public infrastructure is vitally important to Ontario’s families and communities. We want to leverage the best possible economic, cultural and environmental outcomes from the province’s infrastructure investments. That’s why we believe that public works should be beautiful and reinvigorate our cities and towns.
And alongside the over $35 billion in infrastructure investments we will make over the next three years, we believe that supporting training and apprenticeships in the skilled trades must be a priority for all public infrastructure projects. According to the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters, Canada will require 1.3 million skilled labour jobs in 2016. We believe, given Ontario’s creation of over 475,000 jobs since the recession, that this will mean more jobs than we have skilled people to fill them.
Our plan will harness this rapid job growth to get people back into the economy and create great jobs for young Ontarians.
As we look to the future, it is our hope that the infrastructure we build today will have a lasting legacy and benefit for all Ontarians, and will strengthen our economic and social footing in the world for centuries to come.