Construction on hundreds of infrastructure projects across Ontario will get underway this summer, including on new and upgraded hospitals, schools, transit projects, roads and bridges.
Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne was at Etobicoke General Hospital to make the announcement, saying that many projects are already under construction, and many are scheduled to be completed this summer. This busy construction season is part of the largest infrastructure investment in Ontario’s history, as over $190 billion will be invested over 13 years beginning in 2014-15.
Major builds or upgrades that are starting or due to finish this summer include:
- Breaking ground on Groves Memorial Community Hospital in Wellington County, a state-of-the-art facility that will offer patients more space for emergency, ambulatory, diagnostic and inpatient care;
- Building new schools, including St. John Catholic French Immersion School in London, which will have space for 500 students in September;
- Expanding and upgrading Ontario’s roads, including restoring bridges and resurfacing highways in the Ottawa region to help ease gridlock and increase the flow of traffic;
- Opening an upgraded wastewater treatment plant in Owen Sound;
- And opening Ontario Place Urban Park and William G. Davis Trail, creating a new urban park and trail with access to the Toronto waterfront.
“Making sure Ontario’s hospitals, schools, highways and transit systems are in good repair and building new ones, when needed, is key to our quality of life,” said Premier Wynne, in a press release. “I am excited to see so many shovels in the ground across our province – and so much work being completed. The hundreds of construction projects underway this summer will make a real difference to people in their everyday lives.”