The Timmins Chamber of Commerce says businesses may benefit from the 2014 provincial budget. The Liberals released the budget yesterday. President Phil Barton says there are some items relating to enhancing mining in the North, which is of course badly needed, but there are a number of other significant additions, such as the enhancement of bus and rail for the Ontario Northland Transportation Commission. The Liberals announced a one billion dollar investment in Ring of Fire infrastructure and $13.9-billion for bus and rain infrastructure for the ONTC.
Meantime Barton says the plans outlined in the budget don’t address key provincial issues that the chamber has been concerned with in recent years. This includes, not reinstating the Connecting Link programs, which helped fund 90 per cent of construction and maintenance on Ontario highways. Barton says its cancellation has left Timmins struggling to maintain this crucial infrastructure. Barton also says the budget didn’t outline any intentions to stop the ongoing sale of the ONTC’s Ontera to Bell Aliant.
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