Ontario wants $12B a year from feds for infrastructure

Premier Kathleen Wynne. (JACK BOLAND/Toronto Sun)

Premier Kathleen Wynne. (JACK BOLAND/Toronto Sun)

Antonella Artuso, Queen's Park Bureau Chief

, Last Updated: 6:24 PM ET

Ontario is asking the Stephen Harper government to put about $12 billion more a year toward the province’s infrastructure such as transit, roads and bridges.

The request by Premier Kathleen Wynne and representatives of other provinces and territories for the equivalent of a 2% share of gross domestic product (GDP) devoted to infrastructure funding — about $30 billion across the country — came Wednesday as she hosted the Building Canada Up Summit in Toronto.

Ontario’s share of that fund would be about $12 billion, she said.

“I’m making a proposal,” Wynne said when asked if she believed the Harper government was prepared to hand over that large a chunk of money on an ongoing basis.

Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger said investment in infrastructure will create jobs and boost the economy.

 

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