Greater Sudbury, Ontario, May 21, 2019—Investing in transportation infrastructure is critical to connecting communities, helping our businesses compete, and creating a strong economy and middle class.
Today, Marc Serré, MP for Nickel Belt and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Rural Economic Development, the Honourable Bernadette Jordan, and Paul Lefebvre, MP for Sudbury and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Natural Resources, the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, announced funding for two major projects providing important upgrades to Highway 69.
The first project involves twinning and realigning an 11-kilometre stretch of road from north of Highway 559 to just south of Shebeshekong Road. Work also involves constructing a new interchange at Woods Road, building new service roads to improve access for local drivers, and installing 14 culverts and 22 kilometres of fencing to protect wildlife.
The second project involves expanding a 19.3-km section of the highway to a four-lane, divided highway, including new twin bridges over Still River, Key River and Straight Lake. The project work also includes building new interchanges at Bekanon Road and at Highway 522.
These upgrades will improve safety and efficiency along this key route, boost trade, and support economic prosperity for the region by accommodating a greater number of commercial and passenger vehicles.
The Government of Canada is investing over $169.2 million for this project through the New Building Canada Fund – National Regional Projects.
“These vital improvements to Highway 69 will make it easier for businesses to get their products to customers, reduce pollution, and allow local residents to spend less time in traffic and more time with their families. Projects like this improve the daily lives of Northern Ontarians now and lay the foundation for a bright and prosperous future.”
–Marc Serré, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Rural Economic Development, the Honourable Bernadette Jordan
“Now more than ever, communities need help meeting the long-term infrastructure needs of residents. Our government is making historic investments in roads, bridges, public transit and safe water across Northern Ontario, and I am pleased we are able to work our partners to continue these investments.”
–Paul Lefebvre, Member of Parliament for Sudbury, Parliamentary Secretary to Minister of Natural Resources, the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi
“I would like to thank the Government of Canada for its investment in the Highway 69/400 Project and to MP Serre and MP Lefebvre for their advocacy on this file. Residents of Greater Sudbury and all of Northern Ontario know how critical this highway is for trade and transportation safely to and from our region and are eager to see its completion.”
–His Worship Brian Bigger, Mayor of Greater Sudbury
- The Government of Canada will invest $49.2 million dollars for the Highway 69, Four-Lane Expansion, Highway 559 Northerly project.
- The Government of Canada will invest $119.9 million dollars for the Highway 69, Four-Lane Expansion, Highway 529 to Highway 522 project.
- Budget 2019, Investing in the Middle Class, is the federal government’s plan to create more well-paying jobs, put home ownership within reach for more Canadians, help working people get the training they need to succeed, support seniors and lay the foundation for national pharmacare.
- With many municipalities across Canada facing serious infrastructure deficits, Budget 2019 includes a one-time top-up of $2.2 billion to the federal Gas Tax Fund to help address short-term priorities in municipalities and First Nations communities.
- Budget 2019 builds on the Investing in Canada Plan, under which the Government of Canada is investing more than $180 billion over 12 years in community infrastructure across the country.
- More than $10.1 billion of this funding is supporting trade and transportation projects, including $5 billion available for investment through the Canada Infrastructure Bank.
- The Ontario Government will soon be releasing the details of its investments.
Investing in Canada: Canada’s Long-Term Infrastructure Plan:
Federal infrastructure investments in Ontario: https://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/investments-2002-investissements/on-eng.html
Investing in Canada plan project map: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/gmap-gcarte/index-eng.html
Budget 2019: https://www.budget.gc.ca/2019/home-accueil-en.html
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Marc Serré, MP Nickel Belt
Office of the Minister of Rural Economic Development