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Infrastructure Improvements in Store for Northwestern Ontario

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Infrastructure Improvements in Store for Northwestern Ontario

Province Building Stronger Communities, Creating Jobs

Ministry of Northern Development and Mines

Ontario is investing close to $14 million to support improvements to critical infrastructure while creating local construction jobs in northwestern Ontario. 

The province is supporting these improvements through the Small, Rural and Northern Municipal Infrastructure Fund, which is providing $100 million to help municipalities across the province build and maintain key infrastructure.

 Projects include:

  • Replacing the Court Street bridge in Thunder Bay is ($2 million)
  • Upgrading the filtration system in a  water treatment plant in Nipigon ($360,000)
  • Repairing the Geraldton Ward and Longlac Ward water towers in Greenstone ($713,600)
  • Upgrading water and sewer lines in Atikokan ($2 million)
  • Improving water infrastructure on Highway 594 and Duke Street in Dryden ($1.3 million)
  • Upgrading emergency water mains in Emo near the hospital ($2 million)
  • Refurbishing the sewage treatment plant in Ignace ($2 million)
  • Replacing water and sewer infrastructure in Rainy River on Fourth Street ($2 million)
  • Renewing Red Lake's water and sewer infrastructure in Balmertown ($810,000)
  • Installing new water treatment equipment in Redditt ($375,000)

Investing in modern infrastructure is part of the government's economic plan that is creating jobs for today and tomorrow. The comprehensive plan and its six priorities focus on Ontario's greatest strengths -- its people and strategic partnerships. Investing in infrastructure helps deliver on the Growth Plan for Northern Ontario.

Quick Facts

  • Since 2003, the Ontario government has provided approximately $13 billion to help municipalities repair and upgrade roads, bridges, water, wastewater treatment facilities and other critical community infrastructure.
  • Over the next three years, Ontario is investing more than $35 billion in infrastructure across the province, which will support more than 100,000 jobs on average each year.

Additional Resources

Quotes

Jeff Leal

“A strong, prosperous Northern Ontario requires modern and efficient infrastructure. Through this fund, our government is helping communities renew and replace roads, bridges and other critical infrastructure that will attract investment, create jobs and help drive economic growth.”

Jeff Leal

Minister of Rural Affairs

Glen R. Murray

“The Ontario government is committed to working with municipalities, especially our rural and northern partners, to help make critical infrastructure investments that will strengthen our communities across the province. Through the Small, Rural and Northern Municipal Infrastructure Fund, we are ensuring that the right investments are made at the right time.”

Glen R. Murray

Minister of Infrastructure

Michael Gravelle

“Our government continues to invest in new and modern infrastructure that is building stronger communities, growing regional economies and creating jobs across the north. By investing in these crucial projects, we are expanding opportunities for northern residents and businesses and improving the economic well-being of the province.”

Michael Gravelle

Minister of Northern Development & Mines and MPP Thunder Bay-Superior North

Bill Mauro

“Investment in building and maintaining essential infrastructure is important to our rural and northern communities. I am pleased that our government is helping ensure the prosperity of rural Ontario by providing this financial support for critical infrastructure projects in our communities.”

Bill Mauro

MPP, Thunder Bay-Atikokan

Media Contacts

  • Nicholas Sherwin

    Minister’s Office

    nicholas.sherwin@ontario.ca

    416-327-6761

  • Julia Bennett

    Communications Branch

    julia.bennett@ontario.ca

    416-314-6275

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