Infrastructure continues to be a priority for Ontario as a means for creating jobs and supporting economic growth post-COVID. According to recent announcements and budgets, federal and provincial governments are committed to promoting a strong economic recovery by making strategic investments in critical infrastructure like broadband, highways, and transit, while also ensuring both existing and future infrastructure are resilient to the effects of climate change.
New technologies related to 5G, Internet of Things (IoT), as well as autonomous and electric vehicles are becoming increasingly integrated within our economy, underscoring the need for competitive regional infrastructure. To that end, the Government of Ontario alone announced infrastructure investments of over $145 billion over the next 10 years, including $16.9 billion in 2021–22.
The Infrastructure Policy Council (IPC) will guide the continued policy and advocacy priorities of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) on this issue and ensure the Province makes the necessary investments to support Ontario’s economic recovery and long-term growth. The council is chaired by Ester Gerassime, Economic Analyst, OCC.
Founding members of the Council include:
- Bruce Power
- CAA South Central Ontario
- Canada Infrastructure Bank
- CN Rail
- Greater Toronto Airports Authority
- Hydro One Networks
- Infrastructure Ontario (observer)
- Insurance Bureau of Canada
- Laborers’ International Union of North America
- Noront Resources
- Nuclear Waste Management Organization
- Ontario Federation of Agriculture
- Ontario Forest Industries Association
- Ontario Real Estate Association
- Ontario Power Generation
- Ontario Society of Professional Engineers
- Ontario Stone, Sand & Gravel Association
- Progressive Contractors Association of Canada
- Residential and Civil Construction Alliance of Ontario
- Rogers Communications Inc.
- VIA Rail Canada
- Waste Connections of Canada
For more information on how to join the Council please contact, Ester Gerassime, Economic Analyst, OCC.