Ontario to Invest in Highway Infrastructure in Bay of Quinte

Encouraging Job Creation, Investment and Trade in Ontario

Bay of Quinte — Ontario is putting people first by investing in Highway Infrastructure in the Bay of Quinte.

“I am pleased to announce there are two infrastructure projects taking place in Bay of Quinte,” said Todd Smith, MPP for Bay of Quinte. “These local projects will focus on the restoration of Highway 33 from Picton to Bloomfield and the Glenora region.”

This funding is part of a $1.3 Billion investment in transportation projects announced March 27, 2019 by Jeff Yurek, Minister of Transportation. These projects will help create jobs for Ontario’s construction industry and help keep our highways reliable so that our province has a transportation network that encourages job creation, investment and trade in every region of the province.

“We are delivering on our commitment to improve our transportation infrastructure and provide good jobs for our construction industry,” said Smith. “Our two local projects are part of 30 other projects planned for Ontario’s Eastern region.”

“As our government manages Ontario’s finances in a responsible manner, we are protecting services that matter most, including road maintenance,” Yurek said. “No matter what the service, policy, program or investment, our government puts people at the heart of our decision making. This funding is a clear example of that commitment. We are working to improve road safety for all Ontarians.”

The Ministry of Transportation is planning to proceed with 123 rehabilitation projects across the province.

“Our work is about investing in people, in safety, and in the success of Ontario. The government’s commitment to transportation infrastructure funding supports the continued success of Ontario’s road building contractors who have strong, proven track records and close ties with local communities, as well as supporting the provincial tax base. With the announcement today, contractors are able to plan their operations, hire staff, mobilize equipment and invest in supply chains and local economies across Ontario,” said Steve Smith, President, Ontario Road Builders’ Association.

“ORBA members build virtually all of the provincial and municipal roads, bridges and transportation infrastructure across the province and the road building sector directly employs in excess of 30,000 workers at peak season. The announcement today helps us continue our work with the government on connecting and enhancing the productivity of communities, alleviating congestion, and enhancing the safety of everyone who uses Ontario’s transportation infrastructure,” said Bryan Hocking, Chief Operating Officer, Ontario Road Builders’ Association.

Quick Facts

  • Ontario manages over 16,900 centreline-KMs of highway and more than 2,850 bridges across the province.
  • Ontario will tender 123 highway projects across the province

Ontario Investing in Public Transit Improvements

Bay of Quinte – Ontario’s Government For The People is investing in critical transit priorities in the Bay of Quinte riding.

“I am happy to announce that a total estimated Federal, Provincial and Municipal contribution of $22.7 million has been allocated to the riding for transit projects that will lead to less congestion, faster commutes and more family time.” said Todd Smith, MPP for the Bay of Quinte.

On April 2, Bay of Quinte municipalities including Belleville, Prince Edward County and Quinte West, along with 84 other eligible municipalities, will be able to nominate their most critical public transit projects for consideration under the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP). This stream will fund construction, expansion and improvement of public transit networks.   

“Our economy, our communities, and our families all rely on infrastructure,” said MPP Smith. “The Public Transit Stream will build and improve transit networks and service extensions that will transform the way that people in Bay of Quinte live, move and work.”

Ontario’s government is working for the people to improve transit. Yesterday, Monte McNaughton, Minister of Infrastructure and Jeff Yurek, Minister of Transportation, announced the opening of $1.62 billion in shared funding for commuter-friendly projects.

“Our communities count on commuter infrastructure to get people to work and home again to their families,” said Minister McNaughton. ”Our government’s investment will make public transit infrastructure better, safer, and more accessible.”

The first intake of the Public Transit Stream of the 10-year infrastructure program will unlock up to $1.62 billion in joint provincial and federal funding for critical public transit outside the GTHA. In total, ICIP will unlock up to $30 billion in combined federal, provincial, and local investments in Ontario communities as part of a 10-year bilateral agreement.

Municipalities can easily apply for all ICIP funding streams using the Grants Ontario website, a ‘one-window’ source that handles application intake, review, nomination, reporting and transfer payment management processes.

“Our government is listening and has heard the infrastructure needs of our municipalities,” said Minister McNaughton. “We are committed to cutting red tape for local governments, while funding local infrastructure priorities in the province.”

Quick Facts

  • The Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program is a $30 billion, 10-year infrastructure program cost-shared between federal, provincial and municipal governments. Ontario’s share per project will be up to 33.33 per cent, or $10.2 billion spread across four streams:
  1. Rural and Northern
  2. Public Transit
  3. Green
  4. Community, Culture and Recreation.
  • Funding is allocated to transit systems based on their share of total transit ridership in Ontario as per the 2015 Canadian Urban Transit Association Fact Book. This allocations-based funding model was set by the federal government.
  • The application intake for the first ICIP stream, the Rural and Northern stream, was opened for an eight-week period on March 18. It is open to approximately 500 municipalities and Indigenous communities with populations under 100,000.
  • More information on future intakes, including for those municipalities inside the GTHA, will be available soon. Intakes for other streams will launch later this year.

Ontario Invests in Small and Rural Municipalities to Improve Service Delivery and Efficiency

Investments Will Support Communities, Respect Taxpayer Dollars

Bay of Quinte – More funding is on its way to the Bay of Quinte in support of Ontario’s small and rural municipalities. Following the announcement made on March 20, 2019 by Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, a one-time investment will flow in this fiscal year.

“I am pleased to share that the Bay of Quinte, including Belleville, Quinte West and Prince Edward County will receive a combined total of $1.53 million,” said Todd Smith, MPP for Bay of Quinte. “This payment puts Ontarians at the heart of municipal decision making.”

An announcement made on March 20, 2019 by Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, means a one-time investment will flow in this fiscal year. With this funding, municipalities can improve service delivery by finding smarter, more efficient ways to spend money that help those who need it most while respecting taxpayer dollars. Examples could include service delivery reviews, development of shared services agreements, IT solutions, capital investments or other projects. Municipalities will decide how to best target funding to benefit their local communities.

"Taxpayers need their local government to deliver modern, efficient services that show respect for their hard-earned dollars. This funding will help small and rural municipalities improve how they deliver services and reduce the ongoing costs of providing those services," said MPP Clark. "I look forward to continuing to work together with our municipal partners to help people and businesses in communities across our province thrive."

Ontario's government for the people was elected to restore transparency and accountability in Ontario's finances. The province undertook a line-by-line review of its own expenditures, and we have been clear that we expect our partners, including municipalities, to be taking steps to become more efficient.

"This financial support from the Province will help in our ongoing efforts to make sure the Bay of Quinte operates as efficiently as possible,” said MPP Smith.

The funding supports Ontario's commitment to reduce the cost of government.

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Quick Facts

  • 405 municipalities will receive funding.
  • Prince Edward County will receive $725,000
  • Quinte West will receive $725,000
  • Belleville will receive $87,338
  • To ensure investments are targeted to where they are needed most, funding will be allocated based on the number of households in a municipality and whether the municipality is urban or rural.