County of Grey to improve local bridge

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County of Grey to improve local bridge

Canada's New Government and the Government of Ontario invest in infrastructure renewal OWEN SOUND, ON, Jan. 10 - Canada's New Government and the Government of Ontario today announced funding under Intake Three of the Canada-Ontario Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund (COMRIF) to replace Bridge No. 900-065 in the County of Grey. The governments of Canada and Ontario will each invest up to $494,000 in the local bridge project. The County of Grey will contribute the balance of the total eligible project cost of up to $1,482,000. The Government of Canada's contribution is contingent on the successful completion of an environmental assessment of the proposed project under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act. "This government is working with communities across Ontario to help them meet their local priorities," said Larry Miller, MP for Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound, on behalf of Tony Clement, Minister of Health and federal minister responsible for COMRIF. "The replacement of this bridge will improve the quality of life of residents of the County of Grey who depend on this route each and every day." "This project is an excellent example of how all orders of government are working together to respond to the unique needs of our communities," said Helena Guergis, MP for Simcoe-Grey, on behalf of Tony Clement, Minister of Health and federal minister responsible for COMRIF. "Canada's New Government is pleased to make this investment that will strengthen the community's infrastructure and improve the quality of life of its residents." "Renewing essential infrastructure is important to Ontario's small urban and rural communities," said Leona Dombrowsky, Ontario Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. "By replacing this bridge in the County of Grey, the McGuinty government is demonstrating its commitment to rural Ontario." "This project is a priority for our community, and we look forward to working with our federal and provincial partners to make the bridge replacement initiative a success," said Bob Pringle, Warden for the County of Grey. This project is part of a total federal-provincial investment announced today of $93 million in 72 communities under Intake Three of COMRIF. Together with municipal contributions, the total COMRIF Intake Three investment in local infrastructure improvements exceeds $139 million. These investments will provide small urban and rural municipalities with the support they need to renew essential infrastructure in their communities. Under the five-year, $900-million COMRIF program, the governments of Canada and Ontario are working together with the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) and local partners to enhance and renew Ontario's public infrastructure, improve the quality of the environment, protect the health and safety of citizens, support long-term economic growth and build prosperous, sustainable communities by giving municipalities the tools they need. This also includes the recently launched Asset Management Program component, which helps eligible municipalities and Local Services Boards improve and increase their capacity to manage their infrastructure. In Budget 2006, Canada's New Government announced an unprecedented $16.5 billion in funding for infrastructure, including $6.6 billion in new investment for infrastructure programs. The Government recognizes the importance of infrastructure in Canada's success. Consultations with a wide range of governments, including Ontario, and stakeholders, including the AMO, took place over the summer and fall of 2006. Canada's New Government is currently developing its long-term plan for infrastructure programs. For more information on the Canada-Ontario Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund, please visit www.comrif.ca. Project Reference Number: 15227 Ce communiqué est aussi disponible en français.For further information: Bob Pringle, Warden of the County of Grey, (519) 376-2205; Brent Ross, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, (416) 326-9342 ; Linda Hann, Industry Canada, (416) 952-0468; Chris Flavelle, Senior Communications Advisor, Office of the Honourable Leona Dombrowsky, (416) 326-3072; Erik Waddell, Press Secretary, Office of the Honourable Tony Clement, (613) 957-0200