Applications now open for community infrastructure funding
August 20, 2015 by STAFF REPORT
Ontario is accepting applications under the Small Communities Fund to help build and repair critical infrastructure in communities across the province.
The Small Communities Fund is dedicated to projects of local significance in communities with a population of less than 100,000. Ontario and the federal government are each providing $272 million to the fund over the next 10 years.
“Strong infrastructure is vital to the economic and social health of communities. Ontario’s Small Communities Fund is creating lasting impacts across the province by repairing or building new critical infrastructure,” says Brad Duguid, Minister of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure. “I encourage all eligible communities to apply for the Small Communities Fund so we can work together to strengthen our economy.”
Eligible communities must submit an Expression of Interest for the next intake by September 30, 2015.
This funding is part of the largest infrastructure investment in Ontario’s history — more than $130 billion over 10 years, which will support more than 110,000 jobs per year on average. The government’s plan is supported by a number of initiatives, including the selling off of portions of Hydro One.