Ontario supporting critical municipal and First Nation infrastructure projects
September 12, 2016 by On-Site Magazine
Ontario and the federal government are investing more than $88 million in 35 municipal and First Nation projects to build and repair critical infrastructure, help create jobs, and spur economic growth across the province through the Small Communities Fund.
Patricia A. Hadju, Federal Minister of Status of Women and Michael Gravelle, Ontario Minister of Northern Development and Mines, were in Greenstone September 7th to make the announcement. Greenstone will benefit from federal and provincial support for the second phase of the Geraldton water line rehabilitation. This project will improve the health and safety of area residents by providing clean drinking water.
“Today’s funding announcement shows Ontario’s clear commitment to building and maintaining local infrastructure in communities across the province. In partnership with the federal government, we are helping communities build the kind of modern, critical public infrastructure that attracts investment and creates good-paying jobs and economic growth,” said Bob Chiarelli, Minister of Infrastructure.
Projects across Ontario include improving waste management and water treatment facilities, and repairing bridges and highways.
- Ontario and the federal government are each providing over $44 million for the 35 projects, which have a total cost of more than $141 million. Recipient communities will be responsible for the remaining project costs.
- Through the Small Communities Fund, Ontario and the federal government are each providing $272 million over 10 years to support infrastructure projects in communities with populations under 100,000.
- In August 2015, the province launched its second SCF intake.
- Eligible applicants include municipalities, local services boards, public sector bodies, Indigenous band councils, private sector for-profit organizations, and non-profit organizations.