Province invests in small, rural communities

The Ontario government is providing $1.7 million to help build and repair local infrastructure in Whitchurch-Stouffville.

This investment is part of the government’s plan to build Ontario by getting shovels in the ground on critical infrastructure projects that support economic recovery, growth and job creation.

“Infrastructure investments like this highlight the incredible work our government is doing to support Ontarians and rebuild our economy,” said Minister Paul Calandra, MPP for Markham-Stouffville. “This new funding will go a long way in addressing our province’s infrastructure needs and set a proper path for us towards recovery and prosperity.”

This announcement is part of the government’s additional $1 billion investment to help build and repair roads, bridges, water and wastewater infrastructure in small, rural and northern communities. The multi-year funding is being delivered through the Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund (OCIF) and will bring the government’s total investment to nearly $2 billion over the next five years.

“Our small, rural and northern communities will be at the forefront of our efforts to build Ontario for the future,” Premier Doug Ford said. “With this investment, we are saying ‘yes’ to helping these communities build and repair the vital infrastructure they need to keep their communities working for decades to come.”

Funding allocations will be based on a formula that recognizes the different needs and economic conditions of communities across the province. The new formula will include an increased funding minimum of $100,000 for all communities per year, up from $50,000 over previous years.

The OCIF supports local infrastructure projects for communities with populations under 100,000, along with all rural and northern communities.

 

Photo: “This new funding will go a long way in addressing our province’s infrastructure needs and set a proper path for us towards recovery and prosperity,” said Minister Paul Calandra, MPP for Markham-Stouffville. 

 

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