April 16, 2012
Owen Sound Celebrates Completed Infrastructure Projects
For Immediate Release
April 16, 2012
OWEN SOUND CELEBRATES COMPLETED INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS
OWEN SOUND, ONTARIO – Government representatives were on hand today to celebrate the recent completion of two infrastructure projects in the City of Owen Sound. The project included improving local water and wastewater services, as well as reconstructing 9th Street, Bridge, spanning the Sydenham River, which will improve accessibility to better accommodate bicycles and pedestrians.
“Our government is committed to enhancing the quality of life for residents through important infrastructure projects that strengthen our communities and create jobs and growth,” said Larry Miller, Member of Parliament for Grey—Bruce—Owen Sound. “Thanks to these projects, many people in Owen Sound are benefitting from better roads and wastewater services for their homes and businesses.”
“This was an important investment that will benefit our local economy by improving our bridge and wastewater infrastructure in Owen Sound,” said Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound MPP Bill Walker.
“Our government is making targeted infrastructure investments such as this one, to strengthen communities, build strong local economies and create jobs,” said Bob Chiarelli, Ontario Minister of Infrastructure and Minister of Transportation. “These projects will provide residents with sustainable, quality infrastructure and critical services for many years to come.”
“I am pleased to recognize the support of both our Federal and Provincial Governments as funding partners for two very important projects, for the City of Owen Sound. The reconstruction of the 9th Street Bridge and the Waste Water Treatment Plant Influent Works upgrading were vital to the economic stability and environmental sustainability of our community,” said Deborah Haswell, Mayor for the City of Owen Sound.
The governments of Canada and Ontario each provided a total of more than $1.8 million through the Building Canada Fund Communities Component and the Canada Ontario Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund. The City of Owen Sound contributed the balance of the projects’ total eligible costs of more than $5.3 million.
Thanks to Canada’s Economic Action Plan and our strong economic and financial fundamentals, the Canadian economy has recovered from the global recession better than most other industrialized countries. Canada has been a leader amongst G-7 countries throughout the recovery with more than 690,000 net new jobs created since July 2009.
This project supports Building Together, the Government of Ontario’s long-term infrastructure plan to repair, rebuild and renew the province’s roads and highways, bridges, public transit, schools and postsecondary institutions, hospitals and courthouses. Ontario is investing $12.8 billion in infrastructure projects in 2011-12, bringing the government’s total infrastructure investments since 2003 to $75 billion. Building modern, efficient infrastructure has created or preserved close to 100,000 jobs each year, on average, making Ontario’s economy more productive and improving quality of life, now and in the future.
For further information about Canada’s Economic Action Plan, visit actionplan.gc.ca.
For more information on how Ontario is revitalizing its infrastructure, visit ontario.ca/infrastructure.
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