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Government of Ontario Introduces Massive Infrastructure Spending Bill

In a press release issued last week, Doug Ford’s government introduced a proposed spending bill that would accelerate the construction of key infrastructure projects throughout the province.

The Ontario Rebuilding and Recovery Act is aimed at supporting the building of better-connected highways and transit networks, along with the building of more affordable housing. Premier Ford said: “It’s absolutely critical to lay this groundwork to ensure infrastructure projects can take off without any further delays. These are projects that will create good jobs across the province, ensure communities are better connected by road and transit, and contribute to a strong economic recovery for every part of our province.”

The proposed legislation would reduce bureaucratic red tape at all stages of the construction process, with the goal being quicker approvals and a more efficient building process for developers. The government says that to support this ambitious infrastructure plan, the province requires a strong skilled trades and professional workforce. Premier Ford stated that the government remains committed to helping workers and employers seize opportunities by increasing apprentice registration and training opportunities through major infrastructure projects, such as those that should emerge from the passing of this Bill.

The Bill is currently going through a 30-day comment period for public engagement. Should this Bill pass, it should provide a tremendous opportunity for construction professionals of all stripes right across Ontario. If you have a comment you would like to make on the Bill, please reach out to us for assistance.

Written by Jeremy Power, a lawyer in Cotney Construction Law’s Toronto office. To contact Jeremy, please email jpower@cotneycl.com.

Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.