The Government of Ontario in Canada has introduced the Get It Done Act, a new law designed to streamline the construction of transit, housing, and other essential infrastructure in the province.

If approved, the bill will reportedly lower red tape and streamline approval processes for investments in crucial infrastructure. This will, in turn, help get key infrastructure built faster and save taxpayer dollars. 

Ontario Transportation Minister Prabmeet Sarkaria said: “Our government made a promise to get it done. Under the leadership of Premier [Doug] Ford, we’re delivering on that promise. We’re rebuilding our economy with better jobs and bigger paycheques.  

“While previous governments neglected critical infrastructure, we’re getting shovels in the ground to build roads, highways and houses while we keep costs down for people and businesses. We’re getting it done.” 

Ontario has made changes to its environmental assessment process to ensure it has the transit and housing infrastructure needed to support future generations. 

One of these changes is the adoption of a project list approach that will get motorways, rail, and electricity transmission lines built sooner by up to four years.  

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The provincial government is also proposing amendments to the Official Plan Adjustments Act, 2023, which would align the official plans of rapidly expanding municipalities with local and provincial priorities. 

Ontario says it is committed to investing C$28bn ($20.70bn) over the next ten years in renewing, building, and expanding its roads and motorways.  

The government aims to build at least 1.5 million new homes by 2031.