A provincewide plan to roll out Ontario’s new flat-rock roof system in 2018 is set to be unveiled.
The Ontario government said the province’s Ministry of Infrastructure and Communities (MIPC) has approved the $1-billion plan for the new roof system, which will be installed across the province by 2020.
It will be built on the former Hydro One lands and includes a new parking structure for the system.
“We’re not going to be able to build the new system until we get the federal government’s approval,” said Infrastructure Minister Kevin Flynn.
“But we’re committed to doing that.
We’ll make sure we’ve got all the permits that we need to get this done.”
Flynn says the new flat roof is an important step towards a more sustainable future.
“In a climate that is changing, there are challenges for people who live on roofs,” he said.
“The challenge of this project is that it’s going to provide a great solution for people.”
Fellow Liberal environment critic David Eby says it’s a step in the right direction but needs to be built in order to ensure the province can meet the 2020 deadline.
“The question is, where is the money coming from?” he said in an interview.
“We’ve got to be building it to meet the  deadline.
I’m sure this will be for all Ontarians, but we need all of Ontario to contribute.””
I’m sure it’s not just for the people in Toronto.
I’m sure this will be for all Ontarians, but we need all of Ontario to contribute.”
Eby says the government needs to address the “poverty and poverty in our communities” to avoid falling further behind other jurisdictions.
“What we need is to be investing in people’s homes, in their families, in our parks, in the communities,” he added.
“There’s a huge gap between the provincial government and the federal governments, and we’re not doing enough.”