News Release

ACEC-Ontario Supports Ontario Government’s Ongoing Commitment to Infrastructure

March 26, 2024

Published  March 26, 2024

March 26, 2024 — The Association of Consulting Engineering Companies-Ontario (ACEC-Ontario) commends the Ontario government for continuing to move the province and Ontario communities forward through its 2024 Budget.  

“Despite the challenges that Ontario is facing, Premier Ford and his government continue to show leadership by providing crucial support for provincial and municipal infrastructure,” asserted Andrew Hurd, Executive Director. “Investing $190 billion over the next 10 years is a strategic long-term endeavor, yielding benefits that extend not only to our grandchildren but also to their children. Consulting engineers grasp the significance of this vision and are committed to fostering its success.”

In its pre-budget submission, ACEC-Ontario identified a series of recommendations that would enable the government to:

  • Deliver more projects on-time and on-budget;
  • Reduce repair costs and keep the economy moving forward;
  • Ensure a strong, diverse workforce capable of meeting challenges; and,
  • Protect the public interest.

The provincial budget incorporates several of these recommendations, including $3.9 billion for projects to expand and repair provincial highways and bridges; a one-time $100 million investment to assist with STEM program costs at publicly assisted colleges and universities; and, 15 new projects to help integrate hydrogen into the province’s electricity grid.

“Indeed, these projects are an intrinsic aspect to the well-being of communities across the province. Typically unnoticed by the public, the behind-the-scenes work of consulting engineers ensures that nearly everything in the built surroundings of our communities functions properly,” stated Hurd. “The safe water that flows seemingly effortlessly through our taps, the roads, bridges and transit that move our communities, the parks we play in, and the hospitals that keep us healthy.”

About ACEC-Ontario

ACEC-Ontario represents the interests of nearly 140 consulting engineering firms that collectively employ over 25,000 Ontarians. Consulting engineering firms across the country contribute more than $10 billion to the Ontario economy.

ACEC-Ontario is dedicated to fostering a business and regulatory climate that empowers its member companies to deliver unparalleled services and value to clients. The Association champions the vital role that consulting engineering plays in enhancing social, economic, and environmental well-being in Ontario and beyond.

For media inquiries, please contact:

Michelle West

Director, Membership, Marketing and Communications
Association of Consulting Engineering Companies | Ontario
416.620.1400 ext 227