ARCHIVED - Minister Oliver Highlights Benefits of Economic Action Plan 2013 for Toronto and Ontario

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March 22, 2013

TORONTO — The Honourable Joe Oliver, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, today addressed the Toronto Region Board of Trade to highlight important measures in Economic Action Plan 2013.

“Our Government is committed to creating jobs, economic growth and long-term prosperity for Canadians, keeping taxes low for families and businesses, and balancing the budget by 2015,” said Minister Oliver. “Canada must continue to nurture the highly skilled individuals and new ideas that will help our businesses innovate, secure new markets and create well-paying jobs.”

Economic Action Plan 2013 takes intentional steps to position Canada for success in the 21st century global economy by:

  • helping Canadians obtain the skills and qualifications they need to get jobs in high-demand fields;
  • helping manufacturers and businesses succeed by enhancing the conditions for creating and growing businesses;
  • investing in world-class research and innovation to help ensure new ideas are developed and transferred from laboratories into the marketplace; and,
  • introducing a new Building Canada Plan that will lead to better roads, bridges and public transit in cities and communities across Canada.

The $53-billion Building Canada Plan will be of direct benefit to Toronto and southern Ontario where the persistent challenge of gridlock continues to impact the economy and environment.

“Modern efficient infrastructure is the foundation of modern communities,” said Minister Oliver. “That is why our Government will continue moving forward with this plan, the largest long-term federal commitment to Canadian infrastructure in our nation’s history.”

These measures will create additional job opportunities and stimulate further economic growth in the region.

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