TORONTO—Taxpayers may have to fork out more to pay for badly needed repairs to bridges and roads, even in rural and northern Ontario.
Premier Kathleen Wynne has talked about the need for what she calls new revenue tools—road tolls or some kind of tax—to pay for upgrading public transit and easing road congestion in southern Ontario.
But Wynne said today that municipalities in other parts of the province can’t afford to modernize their aging infrastructure, and warns there will also have be some way to help them pay the bills.
She says the government will have to find a way to create “dedicated revenue streams” just for roads and bridges.
Wynne says the Liberals have to be cognizant of the need for more infrastructure revenue right across the province.
She says in the Toronto-Hamilton area that will translate largely into transit funding, but in the rest of Ontario it is about funding for the broader transportation network.