New Infrastructure, New Jobs, A Stronger Ontario
McGuinty Government Launches 2011 Progress Report
Ontario has invested in new infrastructure that has created thousands of jobs, improved local communities and made life better for all Ontarians.
That is just some of the good news found in Ontario's 2011 Progress Report. The annual report shows the results Ontarians are achieving together.
New roads, bridges, community centres, hospitals and schools are just some of the projects built by Ontarians since 2003. They are helping parents get home to their family faster and providing better health care closer to home. Families also now have more recreation options so they can spend more time together and students are able to focus on learning in clean, modern schools.
The government's infrastructure investments have helped create and support close to 600,000 jobs since 2003. Other results include:
- 18 new hospitals built or underway
- 400 new schools built across the province
- Investments in key transit projects such as the Toronto-York Spadina Subway Extension, Eglinton-Scarborough Crosstown LRT, Air Rail Link and Ottawa light rail transit
- Built or rebuilt 5,500 km of roads and 739 bridges across the province
- 400 recreation centres in communities across Ontario built or underway
Moving forward, Ontario's new long-term infrastructure plan -- Building Together -- will continue to create jobs, strengthen the economy and help meet the needs of local families by investing more than $35 billion over the next three years.
- Since 2003, Ontario has built or rebuilt 5,500 km of road -- that's like building a road from here to Alaska.
- Projects to expand broadband internet access have improved opportunities in rural and remote areas.
“Infrastructure is the foundation of our economy and quality of life. Investing in our roads, water systems and public buildings creates jobs, strengthens our province and makes living in Ontario better.”