Niagara Region, April 23, 2015 - Today, Regional Chair Alan Caslin welcomed the tabling of the 2015 Provincial Budget by the Honourable Charles Sousa, Minister of Finance.
Several of the measures in the budget will impact priorities included in the Niagara Region’s 2015-2018 strategic plan and contribute to improving the Region’s performance indicators. Chair Caslin recognized many of the opportunities for residents and businesses including:
"These initiatives put forward by the Government of Ontario in their 2015 budget are opportunities that will assist the Region in fostering an environment for economic prosperity here in Niagara."
Regarding Niagara’s push to bring regular GO Rail transit to Niagara, Chair Caslin highlighted the fact that the 2015 Budget outlines the process Niagara has been undertaking since October 2014’s meeting with the Premier.
"The budget outlines the Province’s intent to work with regions on infrastructure needs - including transit outside of the GTHA - based on their economic, social, and environmental returns. Niagara has aggressively followed the process outlined by the province and I am confident that our comprehensive business case meets the criteria outlined by the province. I look forward to meeting Minister Del Duca and Premier Wynne and working together towards implementation."
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