Investing in public infrastructure is vital to growing the economy and ensuring a high quality of life, whether people live in large, small, urban, northern or rural Ontario communities. Our plan to invest more than $190 billion in public infrastructure over a 13-year period that started in 2014–15 is the largest infrastructure investment in our Province’s history.
With the 2017 balanced Budget plan, the government continues to invest in the Moving Ontario Forward plan to support public transit in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) and transportation and priority infrastructure across the province. The Province will continue to work with the federal government as phase two infrastructure investments outlined in the recent federal budget are implemented, including collaboration on additional new projects.
The government is also working to increase access to affordable housing through the repair, modernization and building of new community infrastructure.
Collaborating with our Partners
to support local infrastructure priorities across the province through sustainable, ongoing funding.
Building Transit & Transportation
by investing $84 billion over 10 years in transportation to manage congestion, connect communities and give people more travel options.
More Access to Housing
by supporting the implementation of the updated Long-Term Affordable Housing Strategy, making it easier for people to find affordable housing.
How we’re helping by investing in transit and transportation infrastructure
Ontario is taking action by:
- Building a world-class transit and transportation system by investing about $84 billion over 10 years to support a globally competitive economy, high quality of life and create 50,000 jobs, on average, per year.
- Investing $13.5 billion through Moving Ontario Forward to enable faster and more frequent service on the GO rail network, through GO Regional Express Rail (RER), including the electrification of the Union Pearson Express. This is in addition to existing commitments of $7.8 billion for state of good repair, optimization and expansion across the GO network. This total investment of $21.3 billion makes the GO capital program the largest commuter rail program in Canada. By leveraging the federal government’s recent $1.9-billion commitment to support GO RER, the Province now has the ability to invest in even more priority projects.
- Continuing transit projects across the GTHA, including the Eglinton Crosstown LRT, to run across Eglinton Avenue between Mount Dennis and Kennedy Station; the Hamilton Rapid Transit, a dedicated LRT line between McMaster University and the Queenston traffic circle; and Mississauga Transitway, from Winston Churchill Boulevard to Renforth Drive — and support for the planning of the Downtown Relief Line in Toronto.
- Investing more than $1 billion in Stage 2 of the Ottawa Light Rail Transit (LRT) project to add about 30 kilometres of new rail and 19 new stations to extend the LRT network to the east, west and south. Funding will also support the capital costs of a connection to the Ottawa airport.
- Providing provincial funding of up to $43 million for a proposed transit hub in downtown Kitchener that will connect to GO rail and bus services, the future LRT line in Waterloo Region, VIA Rail services, and local and intercommunity bus service.
- Increasing funding, starting in 2019, for local transit through an enhancement of the existing provincial gas tax program, doubling the municipal share from two to four cents per litre by 2021, to provide stable funding for municipalities so they can improve and expand their local transit systems and offer more travel options to commuters and families.
- Increasing funding to $25 million in 2017–18 for Ontario’s Connecting Links program to help 19 municipalities repair roads and bridges connecting two ends of a provincial highway through a community or to a border crossing.
- Building or rehabilitating about 5,000 kilometres of highways and more than 750 bridges across the province, including about 2,400 kilometres of those highways and 200 bridges in northern Ontario, by 2021–22.
How we’re helping by supporting affordable housing
Ontario is taking action by:
- Investing approximately $4 billion since 2003 to create and repair affordable housing throughout the province, which has helped create more than 20,000 new affordable rental housing units, supported more than 275,000 repairs and improvements to social and affordable housing units, and provided rental and down payment assistance to more than 90,000 households in need.
- Investing up to $500 million through the Climate Change Action Plan to retrofit social housing apartments across the province with energy efficiency improvements, including up to $85 million in 2017–18.
- More than $925 million over three years in rent support and other services to prevent and address homelessness across the province through the Community Homelessness Prevention Initiative.
- Establishing a program, as part of the Fair Housing Plan, that would leverage provincial land assets as a way to build more affordable housing units across the province. Under the program the Province will commit $70–100 million in land to develop up to 2,000 new housing units, including a mix of market and affordable housing. Potential sites under consideration for a pilot program include a portion of the West Don Lands, 27 Grosvenor/26 Grenville streets in Toronto, and other sites in the province.
- Introducing an inclusionary zoning framework for municipalities that will enable affordable housing units as part of residential developments.