Type of Intervention: Guidance
Sectors Involved: Finance/Economy, Transportation
Intervention Categories: Planning and strategy;
Level of Jurisdiction: Ontario
Lead People/Agency: Premier Doug Ford, Caroline Mulroney, Minister of Transportation, and Kinga Surma, Associate Minister of Transportation (Greater Toronto Area)
Overview: The Ontario government has developed a “made-in-Ontario” plan for growth, renewal, and economic recovery as the province has been impacted by COVID-19. The plan includes measures that would facilitate the building of provincial highways, transit infrastructure, and affordable housing. The plan includes a proposal to accelerate key highway and priority transit projects. It also includes the Ontario government entering into new commercial agreements with partners to build transit-oriented communities, allowing for transit and housing-integrated communities that will also provide more job opportunities in closer reach for people.
Full details here: https://news.ontario.ca/opo/en/2020/07/new-legislation-first-step-in-a-made-in-ontario-plan-for-growth-renewal-and-economic-recovery.html
Type of Justification: Rebuilding and recovery
Evidence/Justification: No evidence is cited as justification for this plan. Government officials provided statements that explained the significant impact that COVID-19 has had on individuals, families, and businesses throughout the province. They explain that this plan is part of Ontario’s rebuilding strategy and also helps Ontarians return to work. Further, it is stated that a key part of Ontario’s recovery is getting critical infrastructure projects built rapidly, creating jobs in communities across the province.