Thirteen Ontario Communities to Receive Funding for Local Infrastructure
Projects Approved Under the Small Communities Fund
Ontario and the federal government are providing 13 small communities with over $10 million to build and repair critical infrastructure and help create jobs 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 Thunder Bay today to announce the funding for infrastructure projects, including improving waste management and water treatment facilities, increasing access to broadband and adopting solar-powered energy solutions.
Ontario and the federal government are each providing over $5 million for the 13 projects, with the communities responsible for the remainder.
Ontario is making the largest investment in public infrastructure in the province's history -- about $160 billion over 12 years, which is supporting 110,000 jobs every year across the province, with projects such as roads, bridges, transit systems, schools and hospitals. In 2015, the province announced support for more than 325 projects that will keep people and goods moving, connect communities and improve quality of life.
Investing in infrastructure is part of the government's economic plan to build Ontario up and deliver on its number-one priority to grow the economy and create jobs. The four-part plan includes investing in talent and skills, including helping more people get and create the jobs of the future by expanding access to high-quality college and university education. The plan is making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario's history and investing in a low-carbon economy driven by innovative, high-growth, export-oriented businesses. The plan is also helping working Ontarians achieve a more secure retirement.
- 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.
- Eligible applicants include municipalities, local services boards, public sector bodies, Indigenous band councils, private sector for-profit organizations, and non-profit organizations.
- In August 2015, the province launched its second SCF intake. In February 2016, 78 projects were asked to submit final applications.
“Green infrastructure such as clean drinking water infrastructure, renewable energy and waste management infrastructure, as well as connectivity and broadband infrastructure are critical to providing sustainable, livable communities. We are committed to maintain, restore and build public infrastructure for the 21st century. The Government of Canada is proud to invest in these 13 infrastructure projects, they will have a positive and lasting impact on the quality of life for the people in these communities.”
Patricia A. Hajdu
“Today’s announcement represents the continuation of our government’s work to address local infrastructure priorities and economic growth in communities across Ontario. By partnering with the federal government, 13 communities will benefit from modernized, more reliable public infrastructure that will attract investment, create jobs and improve the quality of life at both local and regional levels. This is just one element of the government’s overall commitment to build Ontario up, invest in people and help our economy grow now and remain strong in the future.”
“Building modern, efficient infrastructure today will help Ontario communities grow for the future. Through the Small Communities Fund, the Governments of Canada and Ontario are helping 13 communities from across Ontario improve drinking water infrastructure, waste management, broadband access and other critical public infrastructure.”
“Investing in infrastructure is absolutely critical to promoting long-term, sustainable economic growth in Ontario’s northern communities. Thanks to joint funding from the Governments of Canada and Ontario, 13 communities can undertake important work to improve local drinking water, waste management and other critical infrastructure.”