GREATER SUDBURY—The governments of Canada and Ontario are working together to make long-term infrastructure investments to create economic growth, build inclusive communities and support a low carbon, green economy – leading to a higher quality of life for all Canadians.
Today, Marc Serré, MP for Nickel Belt and Paul Lefebvre, MP for Sudbury, announced on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, that under the public transit stream of the Investing in Canada Plan, the City of Greater Sudbury will receive more than $39 million in federal funding to build new urban transit networks and service extensions that will transform the way Greater Sudburians live, move and work. Along with today’s federal investment, the Provincial government will provide close to $33 million in funding.
Under the public transit stream the near $72 Million in joint Federal and Provincial funding is being allocated for opportunities to improve Greater Sudbury Transit infrastructure and its connecting active transportation network over the next 10 years. To be eligible for the bilateral funding agreement, the City of Greater Sudbury must contribute up to 27% of project costs with the approval of Council. Requests for funding are subject to review by senior levels of government on a per project basis.
This announcement echoes the historic signing of a new integrated bilateral agreement between the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, and the Honourable Bob Chiarelli, Ontario Minister of Infrastructure, which will provide more than $11.8 billion in federal funding and $10 billion in provincial funding over the next decade. These projects will be cost-shared with municipalities and other partners.
Through this agreement, the Government of Canada will be making unprecedented investments towards infrastructure across Ontario and providing the flexibility for its communities to identify their priorities and projects. These investments will help transform Canada in four priority areas: public transit; green infrastructure; community, culture and recreation infrastructure; and rural and northern community infrastructure.
These investments will make a positive difference in communities, resulting in the better movement of people and goods, providing clean air and water, and enabling smarter and more efficient cities.
“This long-term investment is a fine example of what we can achieve when all levels of government work together. It is essential that we continue to work collaboratively to foster economic growth and improve our local infrastructure. This funding is an excellent opportunity to ensure that new and improved public transit services are available in Greater Sudbury. Also, the signing of the bilateral agreement, with historic funding attached, will greatly benefit communities throughout the province.
– Marc Serré, Member of Parliament for Nickel Belt
“Long-term investments in infrastructure are key to building strong communities by connecting people, creating good jobs for the middle class and building our economy and city for the future. Efficient and sustainable public transit plays an important role in keeping Sudbury among the best places in the world to live, while contributing to clean economic growth.”
– Paul Lefebvre, Member of Parliament for Sudbury
“Today’s announcement is a great example of all levels of Government coming together to deliver for our community. I want to thank the Federal Government for coming to the table with this important funding for public transit in Greater Sudbury. I am pleased that our Government will provide funding to get these projects off the ground and get Sudbury Moving!”
– Glenn Thibeault, Member of Provincial Parliament for Sudbury and Minister of Energy
“This is an historic day for Greater Sudbury Transit and for our entire community. On behalf of the residents of Greater Sudbury and Members of Council, I would like to thank our partners at the Government of Canada and the Province of Ontario for this unprecedented investment in our public transit and active transportation networks. Today’s announcement will carry us beyond the progress that has been made to date to create transit routes, schedules and services to establish healthier, greener and sustainable transportation options throughout our vast city.”
– Brian Bigger, Mayor, City of Greater Sudbury
- Under the Investing in Canada plan, the Government of Canada is investing more than $180 billion over 12 years in public transit projects, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, trade and transportation routes, and Canada’s rural and northern communities.
- Under the first phase of the plan, Infrastructure Canada has approved nearly 3,500 projects worth a combined investment of more than $8.4 billion.
- As part of the Plan, Infrastructure Canada will deliver over $11.8 billion to Ontario over the next decade through a new bilateral agreement under four funding streams:
- $8,340,401,116 for public transit;
- $2,848,855,330 for green infrastructure;
- $407,159,893 for community, cultural and recreational infrastructure; and
- $250,067,117 for wide-ranging infrastructure needs in rural and northern communities.