Don Rusnak

Your member of parliament for

Thunder Bay-Rainy River

Don Rusnak

Your member of parliament for

Thunder Bay-Rainy River


Canada and Ontario make new funding available for transformative infrastructure projects: Fort Frances

News release

For immediate release


More than 350,000 federal and provincial dollars available for public transit infrastructure improvements in Fort Frances

 Fort Frances, Ontario. March 16, 2018. The governments of Canada and Ontario are working together to make long-term infrastructure investments to create economic growth, build inclusive communities and support a low carbon, green economy–leading to a higher quality of life for all Canadians.

 On March 14, 2018, the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and the Honourable Bob Chiarelli, Ontario Minister of Infrastructure, announced the signing of a bilateral agreement that will provide more than $11.8 billion over the next decade in federal funding dedicated to infrastructure projects under the Investing in Canada plan. The projects supported through this agreement will have a total value of over $31 billion, including $10 billion committed by the Ontario government. These projects will be cost-shared with the Ontario government, municipalities and other partners.

Through this agreement, the Government of Canada will be making unprecedented investments towards infrastructure across Ontario and providing the flexibility for its communities to identify their priorities and projects. These investments will help transform Canada in four priority areas: public transit; green infrastructure; community, culture and recreation infrastructure; and rural and northern communities infrastructure.

Under the public transit stream, Fort Frances will receive $193,680.34 in federal funding and 159,786.00 in provincial funding to build new urban transit networks and service extensions that will transform the way citizens of Fort Frances live, move and work.

These investments will make a positive difference in communities, resulting in the better movement of people and goods, providing clean air and water, and enabling smarter and more efficient cities.


 “It’s exciting to see that investments are being made in developing Public Transit in Northwestern Ontario. We are proud to fund these initiatives and know that it is an essential step towards transforming the way that people in our region live, move and work. These investments will make a positive difference towards creating greener and more efficient communities in Thunder Bay—Rainy River and across Canada.”

Don Rusnak, Member of Parliament for Thunder Bay-Rainy River


“Every dollar we invest in infrastructure is an investment in quality of life and our job-creating economy. We are pleased join the federal government in building the public transit, green, recreation, and other infrastructure the people of Ontario need and deserve. The $10 billion we are committing to Phase 2 of the Investing in Canada Plan will be derived in part from Ontario’s unprecedented investment of $190 billion in public infrastructure over thirteen years.”

The Honourable Bob Chiarelli, Ontario Minister of Infrastructure

 Quick facts


  • Under the Investing in Canada plan, the Government of Canada is investing more than $180 billion over 12 years in public transit projects, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, trade and transportation routes, and Canada’s rural and northern communities.
  • Under the first phase of the plan, Infrastructure Canada has approved nearly 3,500 projects worth a combined investment of more than $8.4 billion.
  • As part of the Plan, Infrastructure Canada will deliver to Ontario over the next decade through a new bilateral agreement under four funding streams:
    • $7,468,174,969 for public transit;
    • $2,245,764,810 for green infrastructure;
    • $407,159,893 for community, cultural and recreational infrastructure; and
    • $250,067,117 for wide-ranging infrastructure needs in rural and northern communities. In addition, the $400 million Arctic Energy Fund will be delivered under this stream to support energy security in the territories.


Associated links

Government of Canada’s $180-billion+ Investing in Canada plan:

 Investing in Canada plan project map:


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