Infrastructure Canada

Infrastructure Canada
Government of Ontario

Government of Ontario

June 05, 2009 09:55 ET

Canada-Ontario Partnership Creates Jobs, Stimulates Economy in the City of Ottawa

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 5, 2009) - The Honourable John Baird, Canada's Transport and Infrastructure Minister and the Member of Parliament for Ottawa West-Nepean, and the Honourable Jim Watson, Ontario's Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing and Member of Provincial Parliament for Ottawa West-Nepean, announced today that the City of Ottawa will benefit from more than $250 million in federal and provincial stimulus funding.

"Under the leadership of Prime Minister Stephen Harper, our Government is getting shovels in the ground and flowing money faster to stimulate the economy and create jobs for the City of Ottawa," said Minister Baird. "Thanks to the strong relationship between our two governments, we can work together to help Ontario communities and the economy thrive immediately and in the future."

"Building and repairing infrastructure in Ottawa will mean new jobs for our local economy and better services for the people in this great city," said Minister Watson. "Premier Dalton McGuinty continues to deliver results for our city."

"Today's announcement proves that, together, we can achieve great things in a short period of time", said acting Ottawa Mayor Michel Bellemare. "The $250 million commitment to the City of Ottawa launches the most significant infrastructure investment that we've seen in many years. The impact that it will have on our local economy, including the thousands of jobs that will be generated, will create long-lasting benefits for generations to come."

The governments of Canada and Ontario have taken steps to get shovels in the ground and to flow money faster for targeted infrastructure projects starting in the 2009 construction season.

Combined with additional infrastructure allocations announced in the 2009 federal and provincial budgets, the total joint commitment for public infrastructure in Ontario under the Building Canada Plan now represents more than $7.7 billion.

To learn more about Canada's Economic Action Plan, visit

Learn how the Government of Canada is investing in Ontario infrastructure. (

Learn how the Government of Ontario is helping to build and revitalize infrastructure ( across the province.


Infrastructure Stimulus Fund at Work in Ottawa

On June 5, 2009, the governments of Canada and Ontario announced a joint investment of more than $250 million for community infrastructure projects identified as priorities for the City of Ottawa that will create jobs and help build a stronger community.

Through Canada's Economic Action Plan, the federal government has established a new $4-billion Infrastructure Stimulus Fund that provides funding to provincial, territorial and municipal construction-ready infrastructure rehabilitation projects. Funding to Ontario communities, which will be matched by the government of Ontario as part of its 2009 provincial budget, Confronting the Challenge: Building our economic Future, is available for two years for projects that will be built during the 2009 and 2010 construction seasons.

Please see the attached table for a list of projects in Ottawa to be funded under the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund. (

In addition to these jointly funded projects, Canada and Ontario each confirmed their commitment to funding of the Strandherd Bridge through the Build Canada Fund.

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Contact Information

  • Office of Canada's Transport and Infrastructure Minister
    Chris Day
    Office of Ontario's Minister of Municipal Affairs & Housing
    Adam De Caire