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Otonabee Region Conservation Authority to Receive Funding for Upgrades to the Millbrook Dam

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Otonabee Region Conservation Authority to Receive Funding for Upgrades to the Millbrook Dam

Project approved under the Small Communities Fund

Residents of Millbrook will benefit from upgrades to the Millbrook Dam thanks to joint funding from the Governments of Canada and Ontario through the Small Communities Fund. 

This project will include the removal and replacement of the outflow structure, the installation of impermeable barriers to prevent seepage, the improvement of earthen embankments and the refurbishment of the pedestrian path and bridge over the dam, to make it accessible to all. These improvements will help to protect and reinforce this 200-year-old dam, which will help to ensure the safety and welfare of the local residents and safeguarding of the commercial core.

The $1-billion Small Communities Fund provides funding for priority public infrastructure projects that deliver on local needs. Canada and Ontario will each provide $272 million to support projects in communities across the province with fewer than 100,000 residents. This funding will help address local priorities, supporting job creation and economic growth, thus sustaining a high quality of life in small communities across Ontario for years to come.

Quick Facts

  • The Government of Canada will provide up to $1,119,363 through the Small Communities Fund for the project.
  • The Province of Ontario will contribute up to $1,199,362 to this project.
  • The Otonabee Region Conservation Authority will be responsible for all remaining costs of the project.

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“We are pleased to invest in projects like the upgrades to the Millbrook Dam that will benefit our community by improving much needed local infrastructure.Our Government’s commitment to municipalities, big and small, has never been stronger. Through the New Building Canada Plan Small Communities Fund we are investing in priority infrastructure projects that have a strong impact on the quality of life of Ontario’s residents while helping job creation and economic growth.”

Barry Devolin

Member of Parliament for Haliburton — Kawartha Lakes — Brock on behalf of the Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Infrastructure, Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs

“Today’s investment will see major repairs made to the Millbrook Dam, which will ultimately safeguard homes and businesses in the historic village. It’s part of the largest infrastructure investment in Ontario’s history – more than $130 billion over 10 years – which is supported by a number of initiatives, including unlocking the value of public assets to help make investments in transit, transportation and other priority infrastructure projects. It demonstrates our government’s commitment to keeping our communities strong, creating jobs and making sure Ontarians receive the basic services they pay for now and in the future.”

Jeff Leal

Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

“We are very appreciative of the support provided by both the Federal and Provincial government. This funding will help the Otonabee Region Conservation Authority address a long-standing public safety need in the Village of Millbrook.”

Sherry Senis

Vice-Chair, Otonabee Region Conservation Authority

Media Contacts

  • Vincent Rabault

    Office of the Minister of Infrastructure, Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs


  • Andrew Forgione

    Office of the Minister of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure


  • Dan Marinigh

    CAO/ Secretary-Treasurer, Otonabee Region Conservation Authority


  • Infrastructure Canada



  • Brigitte Marleau

    Ontario Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure




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