In June 2011 Ontario released Building Together, its long-term infrastructure plan. A strategic framework to guide investments, this plan sets out the government’s commitment to making investments in public infrastructure which:
In 2011-12, the first year of Building Together, Ontario invested $12.9 billion* in infrastructure, creating or preserving more than 100,000 jobs.
Since 2003, Ontario has invested more than $75 billion in public infrastructure. This comes after decades of underinvestment and includes long-overdue improvements to Ontario’s schools, hospitals, highways and transit systems.
Ontario’s strong track record of leadership on infrastructure will continue. However, Ontario will have to work within the framework of the global economic situation, and its commitment to balance the budget and transform public services.
The 2012 Ontario Budget announced capital savings to ensure that infrastructure investments are responsible and focused on the most critical areas. However, over the next three years Ontario still has a robust capital plan to invest more than $35 billion, including planned spending of $12.9 billion in 2012-13.
Ontario is taking a smart approach to infrastructure investment. This includes expanding the use of Alternative Financing and Procurement (AFP) and ensuring better management of assets. This will help the Province and its infrastructure partners stretch capital dollars further, and focus investments on needs, rather than wants.
* Interim estimate from 2012 Ontario Budget.
A proven, made-in-Ontario success story, the AFP model is an effective way of delivering large public infrastructure projects. AFPs make the best use of private sector resources and expertise to provide on-time, on-budget project delivery and have already helped save Ontario taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars. That’s why in Building Together Ontario committed to expand the use of AFP.
More than 15 AFP projects are in the procurement, pre-tender or planning stage, including:
The AFP approach is also being used to help the Province’s partners deliver a number of other large and complex infrastructure projects, such as sports facilities for the Pan/Parapan American Games and municipal transit projects.
The Province is rolling out a Municipal Infrastructure Strategy to help meet the challenges of municipalities’ current and emerging infrastructure needs. As a first step, Ontario is helping municipalities improve their asset management practices by:
Asset management will be the foundation for addressing municipal infrastructure challenges together.
The federal government is an important partner in addressing the Province’s infrastructure needs. Ontario is pleased the federal government is engaging its infrastructure partners to develop a new federal long-term infrastructure plan.
Ontario looks forward to working with the federal government to develop a long-term infrastructure plan that supports economic growth, competitiveness and productivity, and does so in a way that maximizes investments by provincial and federal governments.
Under Building Together, Ontario’s investments in municipal and regional transit will help ease congestion and support economic growth. Projects under construction or in advanced planning stages include:
Ontario is investing in the provincial highway system to keep people and goods moving efficiently and to strengthen the economy. Projects include:
As part of Building Together, more than $1 billion in new capital funding for schools was announced, including $600 million for more than 70 projects that are currently underway to build, replace or expand schools across Ontario. In addition:
Ontario has also committed over $600 million towards 23 capacity expansion projects at colleges and universities. Examples of projects underway include:
Ontario is making investments to support the needs of growing municipalities, improve access to health care services and renew aging infrastructure. Examples include: