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Residents of all ages to benefit from new facilities

Malton, Ontario, January 23, 2012 – A new, energy efficient paramedic satellite station in Malton is helping paramedics respond to emergencies faster and reducing the region's carbon footprint.

This new, 1,700 square foot facility was built in the City of Mississauga as an addition to an existing fire station. The new satellite station is one of 21 satellite stations that will help paramedics get to emergencies faster because they are strategically located in areas with a higher volume of emergency calls; thereby shortening the distance between paramedics and emergencies.

"Emergency services play a key role in keeping our streets and communities safe," said Eve Adams, Member of Parliament Mississauga—Brampton South, on behalf of the Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities. "Our Government is proud to have invested in this important project that will help paramedics respond to emergencies faster, and ensure that Malton and the surrounding area remains a safe place to live for years to come."

"Our government is making strategic infrastructure investments to create jobs and make our communities safer and stronger," said Dipika Damerla, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Infrastructure and Member of Provincial Parliament for Mississauga East-Cooksville. "This project will provide our paramedics with the tools and resources they need to improve response times, support the community and keep residents safe and healthy."

"The Region of Peel and Peel Regional Paramedic Services is committed to exploring ways that will help ensure cost-effectiveness in the delivery of emergency care services while addressing the service demands of our growing and aging community," said Emil Kolb, Regional Chair and Chief Executive Officer for the Region of Peel. "The financial support of the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund helps us ensure our residents experience improvements in response times and better patient outcomes."

Under the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund, the governments of Canada and Ontario each contributed over $266,000 towards the new ambulance base. The Region of Peel provided the balance of the total eligible project cost of $799,998.

The Infrastructure Stimulus Fund is part of Canada's Economic Action Plan. Thanks to Canada's Economic Action Plan and our strong economic and financial fundamentals, the Canadian economy has recovered from the global recession better than most other industrialized countries. Canada has been a leader amongst G-7 countries throughout the recovery with nearly 600,000 net new jobs created since July 2009.

This project supports Building Together, the Government of Ontario's long-term infrastructure plan to repair, rebuild and renew the province's roads and highways, bridges, public transit, schools and postsecondary institutions, hospitals and courthouses. Ontario is investing $12.8 billion in infrastructure projects in 2011-12, bringing the government's total infrastructure investments since 2003 to $75 billion. Building modern, efficient infrastructure has created or preserved close to 100,000 jobs each year, on average, making Ontario's economy more productive and improving quality of life, now and in the future.

For additional information about investments in infrastructure, visit infrastructure.gc.ca.

For further information about Canada's Economic Action Plan, visit actionplan.gc.ca.

For more information on how Ontario is revitalizing its infrastructure, visit ontario.ca/infrastructure.

To download a short broadcast-quality video highlighting a few of the many successful infrastructure projects across Canada, visit infrastructure.gc.ca/video/video-eng.html.

Media Contacts:

Pierre Floréa
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities
613-991-0700

Joel MacLeod
Office of Member of Provincial Parliament Damerla
905-238-1751

Rosanna Armata
Communications Specialist Region of Peel
416-569-1353

Infrastructure Canada
613-960-9251
Toll-Free 1-877-250-7154

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