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Ontario should use federal funds to upgrade water infrastructure and relieve congestion
This past Monday, Premier Wynne announced that the province will select which municipal and First Nations projects to fund with the federal government’s Clean Water and Wastewater Fund (CWWF) and Public Transit Infrastructure Fund (PTIF) in September. Both funds are part of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Plan. As the Institute showed in Better Foundations: The returns on infrastructure investment in Ontario, investment in these areas can increase productivity.
Opening up internal trade could boost productivity
Last month, provincial and territorial premiers met in the Yukon for the Council of the Federation’s annual summer meeting. The future of health care funding and the possible imposition of a nationwide federal carbon tax were prominent topics. However, another key topic, and one that has been largely ignored over the past two decades, is internal trade between provinces and territories.