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Infrastructure Stimulus Fund In Ontario

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Infrastructure Stimulus Fund In Ontario

Ministry of Infrastructure

On June 5, 2009, Canada and Ontario announced a joint investment of $1.85 billion for 1,190 infrastructure projects that will create thousands of jobs and help stimulate the economy.

Through Canada's Economic Action Plan, the federal government has established a new $4-billion Infrastructure Stimulus Fund that provides funding to construction-ready infrastructure projects. Funding is available for two years for projects that will be built during the 2009 and 2010 construction seasons. Through the Government of Ontario's 2009 provincial budget, Confronting the Challenge: Building Our Economic Future, Ontario has allocated funding to match federal infrastructure stimulus investments in the province. 

About the Program

The Infrastructure Stimulus Fund complements existing federal and provincial infrastructure funding by focusing on short-term objectives for economic stimulus. The Infrastructure Stimulus Fund will focus on construction-readiness as an important project selection criterion. The full $4 billion will be distributed across Canada in fiscal years 2009-2010 and 2010-2011. Projects will focus largely on the rehabilitation of existing assets such as water, wastewater, public transit, highways, roads, culture, parks, and trails.  For municipal projects, the federal and provincial governments will contribute up to two-thirds of eligible costs, with municipalities expected to contribute one-third.

Infrastructure Stimulus Fund at Work in Ontario

When Canada and Ontario launched a joint call for applications under the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund on April 14, 2009, more than 2,700 project applications were submitted by municipalities with a total value of approximately $6.5 billion. Each project application was assessed against criteria that included project readiness, project merit, federal Environmental Assessment (EA) requirements, and the amount of funding sought by the applicant.

Infrastructure Stimulus - By Category    

Sector

Number of Projects

Federal
Funding

Provincial Funding

Airport Infrastructure

8

$12,359,140

$12,359,139

Brownfield Redevelopment

2

$650,000

$650,000

Cultural

25

$27,184,990

$27,184,989

Disaster Mitigation

3

$8,843,333

$8,843,333

Local Roads

589

$289,801,179

$289,805,324

Municipal Buildings

216

$183,193,733

$183,018,628

Public Transit

26

$68,512,829

$68,512,832

Parks and Trails

121

$47,372,220

$47,372,218

Solid Waste Management

12

$7,628,586

$7,628,586

Water and Waste water

188

$281,412,874

$281,412,869

TOTAL

1190

$926,958,883

$926,787,918

   

Infrastructure Stimulus Summary - By Region

   

Region

Number of Projects

Federal
Funding

Provincial Funding

Central

472

$268,393,558

$268,393,549

South Central

46

$129,121,986

$129,123,996

East

251

$217,652,330

$217,652,533

North

158

$76,391,045

$76,217,930

South West

263

$235,399,965

$235,399,911

TOTAL

1190

$926,958,883

$926,787,918

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