: Ontario Budget 2014: Investing in Ontario’s infrastructure
Moving Ontario forward

Infrastructure solutions. Made in Ontario.

Ontario’s new 10-year economic plan includes over $130 billion in infrastructure investments to create jobs, spur productivity, and help the province grow and prosper. Many projects are underway, and new ones are in the planning stage.

They all add up to a province on the move.  

Ontario is building better roads and bridges now

New projects are scheduled to start in 2014-2015:

  • Highway 407 East Phase 2 in Oshawa and Clarington
  • HOV lane projects on sections of Highway 410 and Highway 427
  • Widening Highway 401 near Cobourg
  • Continued widening of Highway 69 between Parry Sound and Sudbury
  • Realignment of Highway 66 through Virginiatown

Projects scheduled to start over the next five years include:

  • Expanding two sections of Highway 11/17 between Thunder Bay and Nipigon to four lanes
  • Realigning Highway 7 between Kitchener and Guelph
  • Adding HOV lanes on Highway 401 through Halton and Peel Regions
Over the next 10 years, Ontario is making $15 billion in dedicated funds available for the GTHA, and nearly $14 billion outside the GTHA, for investments in public transit and transportation

Nearly $29 billion in dedicated funding over 10 years

Infrastructure is the backbone of our economy. Ontario is making nearly $29 billion available for investment over the next 10 years in public transit and transportation across the province. It’s a critical commitment to easing congestion, improving our quality of life, and investing in the needs of future generations. Beyond the existing GO network, priority projects within the GTHA would be drawn from the Next Wave of Metrolinx projects included in The Big Move:

  • GO Rail Service Expansion (more two-way, all-day and rush-hour service)
  • GO Lakeshore Express Rail Service (including electrification)
  • Electrification of the GO Kitchener line and Union Pearson Express
  • Brampton Queen Street Rapid Transit
  • Dundas Street Bus Rapid Transit
  • Durham-Scarborough Bus Rapid Transit
  • Hamilton Rapid Transit
  • Hurontario-Main LRT linking Mississauga and Brampton
  • Relief Line
  • Yonge North Subway expansion to York Region

The government would also consider other potential projects that support economic development and improve mobility, such as the East Bayfront LRT project on Toronto’s waterfront.

Outside of the GTHA, priority projects could include:

  • Local and regional transit, roads, bridges and other critical infrastructure
  • Infrastructure development in the Ring of Fire
  • Funding for bus and rail infrastructure for the Ontario Northland Transportation Commission
  • Strategic highway improvements
Over the next 10 years, Ontario is making $15 billion in dedicated funds available for the GTHA, and nearly $14 billion outside the GTHA, for investments in public transit and transportation

Keeping commuters moving

Since 2003, Ontario has invested $19.3 billion in public transit, including $9.1 billion in GO Transit. Projects underway include:

  • Eglinton Crosstown LRT
  • Revitalization of Union Station
  • Dedicated rapid transit bus lanes in York Region and Mississauga
  • Union Pearson Express
  • Waterloo’s 36-kilometre rapid transit corridor
  • Extension of Yonge-University-Spadina subway line to York University and Vaughan
  • Ottawa’s 12.5-kilometre LRT project, the Confederation Line
  • Renewal of Toronto’s streetcar fleet

Projects in planning and design include:

  • Extension of Bloor-Danforth subway line through Scarborough
  • Sheppard East LRT and Finch West LRT
Since 2003 Ontario has invested $19.3 billion in public transit

Modernizing infrastructure in communities

In the 2013 Budget, Ontario introduced a new municipal roads and bridges fund to help Ontario’s small, rural and Northern communities. This year, Ontario is making the fund permanent.

For example, almost $1 million was invested to replace the Pine River Bridge in Adjala-Tosorontio Township with a two-lane bridge that will improve safety and better accommodate heavy traffic. The bridge is a key route between one of the town’s biggest employers, Honda Canada, and hundreds of cars travel across it every day.

Making Ontario’s municipal roads and bridges fund permanent

More access to health care

  • Over $11.4 billion in major hospital expansion and redevelopment projects over the next 10 years
  • $300 million over 10 years to help shift care from hospitals to community settings
  • Almost $700 million over 10 years to address deferred maintenance in hospitals
Ontario is providing over $11.4 billion for major hospital expansion and redevelopment projects

Ontario is investing in places to learn

  • Over $11 billion in the next 10 years in capital grants to school boards, including:
    • Over $4.2 billion in the next 10 years for school repairs
    • $750 million over four years to optimize classroom spaces to better match schools to community needs
  • Nearly $500 million in the next 10 years for priority maintenance repairs in colleges and universities
Over $11 billion in the next 10 years in capitals grants to school boards

Creating healthy, vibrant communities

The Province is renewing Ontario’s public spaces for healthier, more vibrant communities:

  • Lakeview redevelopment in Mississauga
  • Ottawa River Action Plan
  • Ontario Place Revitalization
Renewing Ontario’s Public Spaces - Ontario is revitalizing assets to support green spaces and healthier communities

Infrastructure solutions. Made in Ontario.
Learn more at www.Ontario.ca/budget.