Manitoba Daily

Tuesday, August 16, 2022

The govt of Ontario is investing over $2.5 million on local infrastructure

Over $2.5 million has been invested in local infrastructure

Key takeaways:

  • The Ontario government will provide $6,479,264 to East Gwillimbury, Bradford West Gwillimbury, and Georgina to help build and maintain municipal infrastructure.
  • The province’s investment in OCIF is part of the province’s 2021 Economic Outlook and Fiscal Review: Build Ontario.

This investment is part of the government’s plan to rebuild Ontario by breaking ground on critical infrastructure projects that will help the province’s economy recover, grow, and create jobs.

“It’s critical that we invest in communities across the province, including York-Simcoe, as we build Ontario for the future,” said Caroline Mulroney, MPP for York-Simcoe. 

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“It’s exciting that our government is investing more than $6 million in East Gwillimbury, Bradford West Gwillimbury, and Georgina through the Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund for 2022 – more than double the amount invested in 2021 – to help build and repair roads, bridges, and other critical infrastructure projects,” says the Premier. The towns listed below will get the funds listed below:

East Gwillimbury is a town in Essex County, Ontario, Canada. $1,040,889.

Bradford West Gwillimbury is a town in West Gwillimbury, Ontario, Canada. $2,662,953

Georgina Town $2,775,422

Today’s announcement is part of a $1 billion government investment to help small, rural, and northern towns create and maintain roads, bridges, water, and wastewater infrastructure. 

The Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund (OCIF) will deliver multi-year funding, bringing the government’s total investment to roughly $2 billion over the next five years.

Premier Doug Ford stated, “Our small, rural, and northern towns will be at the vanguard of our efforts to develop Ontario for the future.” 

“By making this commitment, we’re saying ‘yes’ to assisting these communities in constructing and repairing the critical infrastructure they’ll need to keep their communities running for decades.”

Funding will be distributed according to a methodology that considers the diverse needs and economic realities of communities across the province. The new methodology will provide a minimum funding level of $100,000 per year for all municipalities, up from $50,000 in prior years.

“Communities are the lifeblood of this province, and we recognize that they face distinct infrastructure demands and challenges, particularly as we navigate through the pandemic,” said Infrastructure Minister Kinga Surma. “Every step of the way, our government has been there for them.” 

When we were advised that more financing support was required, we listened and responded by delivering the highest OCIF increase since the program began.

By doing so, we’re giving small, rural, and northern communities the security and predictability they need to repair, improve, and modernize their key infrastructure, making it safer, healthier, and more dependable for everyone.”

The province’s investment in OCIF is part of the province’s 2021 Economic Outlook and Fiscal Review: Build Ontario. The plan lays out how the government would build Ontario’s future, with shovels in the ground for highways, hospitals, long-term care, housing, and high-speed internet. 

Over the next decade, our administration intends to invest more than $148 billion in infrastructure to ensure that all province families, employees, and businesses have a better and brighter future.


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