Original language of petition: English
The Government of Canada is making unprecedented investments in areas such as public transit, resilient and low carbon infrastructure, water and wastewater, and green and inclusive community buildings, all of which contribute to economic growth, social inclusion and a healthy environment.
The Government of Canada understands that investments in public transit must have multiple benefits including creating good jobs, building more equitable and inclusive communities, improving the quality of life for all, and tackling climate change. That is why Canada’s funding of the Ontario Line project includes requirements to support environmental, social inclusion, and equitable employment and community benefits outcomes.
As announced in May 2021, Canada’s historic investment in public transit in the Greater Toronto Area, including the Ontario Line, is dependent on the satisfaction of conditions related to the following:
Compliance with federal funding conditions will be monitored via a contribution agreement between the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario, which will lay out the legally binding requirements attached to Canada’s funding for the project. The contribution agreement will include requirements for ongoing reporting by Ontario, to Canada, on project progress and on how they are meeting funding commitments. As the project owner and decision-maker, it is up to Ontario to meet the required conditions for Canada’s funding. In addition to completing due diligence reviews of the contents of Ontario’s reporting on the Ontario Line, Canada will also require regular oversight committee meetings between the two levels of government to monitor and enforce compliance with the federal contribution agreement and its conditions.
As is standard practice for large infrastructure projects such as the Ontario Line, the release of federal funds to the Government of Ontario will only occur once the project’s contribution agreement is signed, inclusive of commitments by Ontario to federal funding conditions, and reporting has started, to Canada’s satisfaction. Until such time as the contribution agreement is executed, Government of Canada officials will continue to be in regular contact with the Government of Ontario to discuss Ontario’s early progress on its commitments. In addition, Government of Canada officials will continue to monitor public statements and outreach events related to the Ontario Line to assess alignment with Canada’s conditions for funding.
The Government of Canada will continue to work to ensure that infrastructure plays a vital role in promoting economic growth, job creation and improving our quality of life in the coming months and years.
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