Sheehan Announces New Funding for Transformative Infrastructure Projects in Sault Ste. Marie

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Over $17.4 million in federal funding for Sault Ste. Marie public transit projects

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.

“Long-term investments in infrastructure are key to building a strong economy–connecting people, creating good jobs, and building our communities for the future. The people living, working and raising families in the riding of Sault Ste. Marie will be able to enjoy increased opportunities, and a more sustainable economic future. Collaboration and partnership have been at the heart of the success of the Investing in Canada plan and we will continue to so.” said, Terry Sheehan, MP

On March 14, 2018, the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and the Honourable Bob Chiarelli, Ontario Minister of Infrastructure, announced the signing of a bilateral agreement that will provide more than $11.8 billion over the next decade (2018-2028) in federal funding dedicated to infrastructure projects under the Investing in Canada plan. The projects supported through this agreement will be cost-shared with the Ontario government, municipalities and other partners.

“Every dollar we invest in infrastructure is an investment in quality of life and our job-creating economy. We are pleased join the federal government in building the public transit, green, recreation, and other infrastructure the people of Ontario need and deserve.”  said, Bob Chiarelli, MPP, Ontario Minister of Infrastructure

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.

Today, MP for Sault Ste. Marie, Terry Sheehan, announced that under the Public Transit Stream, Sault Ste. Marie will receive $17,413,700 million in federal funding. This investment could be used to provide Sault Ste. Marie with the funding to address the new construction, expansion, improvement, and rehabilitation of public transit infrastructure.  Under the newly signed bilateral agreement, the Province of Ontario has committed to provide $14,366,000 million for transit in Sault Ste. Marie.

These investments will make a positive difference in communities, to help grow the economy, resulting in the better movement of people and goods, providing clean air and water, and enabling smarter and more efficient cities.

“I want to recognize and thank the Federal and Provincial Governments for this important investment in transportation in Sault Ste. Marie. The City has undertaken a review of transit services and this funding will help facilitate the modernization of the current system, leading to improved service for our citizens.” said, Christian Provenzano, Mayor, Sault Ste. Marie