Region welcomes focus on Niagara's Priorities in 2015 Provincial Budget

Niagara Region Coat of Arms

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:

  • $2.5 billion over 10 years for a Jobs and Prosperity Fund that will allow the Provincial Government to partner with Niagara businesses to enhance growth and innovation  
  • $250 million over two years for the Ontario Youth Jobs Strategy that will provide tailored support for youth employment
  • $10 million to expand the Goodman School of Business at Brock University
  • $100 million from the Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund for rural municipalities to build and repair critical infrastructure
  • A "Connecting Links" program beginning in 2016-17 to help improve municipal roads that feed into the provincial highway network
  • Over $11 billion in capital investments for school boards across the province that may assist in the building of a new secondary school in Fort Erie

"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."

Jason Tamming
Niagara Region
905-980-6000, ext. 3371
or 1-800-263-7215​

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