Infrastructure Canada

Infrastructure Canada
Government of Ontario

Government of Ontario

May 30, 2009 16:21 ET

Canada and Ontario Support Highway 69 Improvements

Project will create up to 1000 jobs, strengthen Northern Ontario's economy

SUDBURY, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 30, 2009) - John Baird, Canada's Transport and Infrastructure Minister, along with the Honourable Rick Bartolucci, Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services and MPP for Sudbury, announced today that the governments of Canada and Ontario will invest up to $128 million in a nine kilometre-stretch of Highway 69 in Northern Ontario.

"Under the leadership of Prime Minister Stephen Harper, the Government of Canada is investing in infrastructure projects that will create jobs and stimulate the economy," said Minister Baird. "Highway 69 is a prime example of action that our government is taking to improve highway safety and efficiency across Canada. When we invest in public infrastructure, like Highway 69, we are building infrastructure that will improve the lives of people in the area for many years to come."

"The McGuinty government recognizes the importance of investing in infrastructure and opportunity for the people of Sudbury," said Bartolucci. "I am happy to say that today we are providing funding for an initiative that will not only provide jobs and opportunities for our community, but will also ensure that Ontarians have a safe and modern highway to travel on in the future."

Demonstrating their commitment to stimulating the economy and creating jobs, the governments of Canada and Ontario are moving forward with a number of large-scale infrastructure programs to assist Ontarians when they need it most.

The Government of Canada's 2009 Economic Action Plan is accelerating and expanding the existing federal investment of $33 billion in infrastructure across Canada with almost $12 billion in new infrastructure stimulus funding over two years.

Through the 2009 Ontario Budget - Confronting the Challenge: Building Our Economic Future - the province is investing $32.5 billion in infrastructure for the province of Ontario over the next two years, including a $5 billion contribution from the federal government that will support more than 300,000 jobs and strengthen Ontario's economy.

LEARN MORE

To learn more about Canada's Economic Action Plan, visit www.actionplan.gc.ca.

Learn how the Government of Canada is investing in Ontario infrastructure (http://www.buildingcanada-chantierscanada.gc.ca/regions/on/on-eng.html).

Learn how the Government of Ontario is helping to build and revitalize infrastructure across the province (http://www.mei.gov.on.ca/english/infrastructure/).

Learn more about Ontario's Northern Highways Program (http://www.mndm.gov.on.ca/nordev/north_highways_e.asp).

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BACKGROUNDER

Creating Jobs and Improving Highway Infrastructure
in Northern Ontario

Infrastructure investment stimulates economic growth, creates jobs, supports stronger communities and enhances the overall prosperity of Ontarians.

The governments of Canada and Ontario will consider improvements to Highway 69 in Northern Ontario as a priority for infrastructure funding under the Building Canada Fund.

The project involves construction of nine kilometres of four-lane highway (six kilometres on new alignment and three kilometres of twinning existing two-lane highway) from Highway 637 northerly to Estaire. Work on this project includes construction of an interchange at Highway 637, an overhead wildlife crossing structure, two joint use culverts (for wildlife and forest management) and a structural culvert. The project's total estimated cost is $128 million and will create or sustain up to 1000 direct and indirect jobs.

The governments of Canada and Ontario will each set aside up to 50 per cent of total eligible costs, to a maximum contribution of $64 million, subject to federal Environmental Assessment approval, to be funded under the Building Canada Fund Major Infrastructure Component. Federal financial support for the Highway 69 project is conditional on the negotiation of a contribution agreement, as well as the project meeting all other applicable federal eligibility requirements under the Building Canada Plan.

Contact Information

  • Office of Canada's Transport and Infrastructure Minister
    Chris Day
    613-991-0700
    or
    Office of the Honourable Rick Bartolucci
    705-675-1915