For Immediate Release
July 7, 2017
Mayor Crombie Lauds Trudeau Government’s Transformative City-Building Investments
On behalf of the City of Mississauga and Members of Council, I welcome today’s news that the Trudeau government is moving forward with the second phase of the Investing in Canada infrastructure plan that will see new and much-needed investments flow into communities, Mayor Bonnie Crombie said.
“We know that city-building is nation-building and that’s exactly what these investments will do.”
Mayor Crombie made the comments following an announcement by Minister of Infrastructure and Communities Amarjeet Sohi, that ministry officials will begin negotiations with provincial counterparts to make new and unprecedented investments available for municipalities like Mississauga through the Investing in Canada infrastructure plan. The goal is to have agreements signed with each province by March 2018.
Mississauga is expected to receive approximately $370 million* in total transit investments that will go toward breaking gridlock and improving and expanding the City’s vast regionally-integrated public-transit network.
The Trudeau government has committed to a 40% cost share and will require a minimum 33% provincial share for municipal projects. This recognizes that municipal budget pressures cannot prevent the progress of important projects.”
The City owns the majority of infrastructure within its boundaries (65%); but among all levels of government, local governments receive the smallest share (10%) of all tax dollars collected, Mayor Crombie said, adding that “transformative investments by the federal and provincial governments ensure that we can get shovels in the ground, transit and infrastructure built, and city-building projects completed on budget and on time.”
Mississauga continues to maintain important relations with our counterparts in the provincial and federal government, Mayor Crombie said, highlighting how “the Wynne government continues to ensure that city priorities remain at the top of the provincial agenda, including the ongoing commitment to fully fund and build the Hurontario LRT – the largest infrastructure investment in Mississauga history.”
Through Mayor Crombie’s ongoing advocacy work with the Federation of Canadian Municipality’s Big City Mayors’ Caucus, Canada’s municipal leaders continue to advocate for a nationwide 40/40/20 framework — 40% federal, 40% provincial and 20% municipal share in infrastructure funding projects.
“Investing in infrastructure is critical to the growth and strength of Mississauga’s economy, job opportunities and the quality of life for residents,” Mayor Crombie added. “The Trudeau and Wynne governments understand this through their bold and unprecedented funding commitments to build infrastructure.”
*Calculations are based on the formula announced today. Final calculations are dependent on final program criteria and the ratification of the federal-provincial bilateral agreements.