Local Infrastructure Improvements In Store for Western Ontario
Ontario Government Building Stronger Communities
The new Ontario government is investing more than $6.8 million to support improvements to critical infrastructure in western Ontario's rural communities.
The province is supporting these improvements through the Municipal Infrastructure Strategy, which is providing $90 million over the next three years to help municipalities across the province build and maintain key infrastructure.
Local projects include:
- replacing the Proud Bridge with a new two lane bridge in Arran-Elderslie
- reconstructing roads and replacing sanitary storm sewers in South Bruce Peninsula
- replacing a bridge and installing a guiderail in South Huron
- building a firefighting storage facility in Middlesex Centre
- implementing secondary disinfection in the drinking water system in Southwest Middlesex
- reconstructing a culvert on 16th Line in Minto Township
- replacing the E-5 Bridge in North Perth
Building on the Municipal Infrastructure Strategy, the province is providing an additional $100 million to help small and rural municipalities build and maintain roads, bridges, and other critical infrastructure. A consultation involving local and regional rural officials was held in Goderich today to discuss the fund's scope and design.
Investing in infrastructure is part of the government's plan to create jobs, build stronger communities and help people in their everyday lives.
- Most Municipal Infrastructure Strategy funding is being provided to communities with populations under 20,000.
- Ontario has already distributed $9 million through the Municipal Infrastructure Strategy to help small, rural and northern municipalities prepare asset management plans.
- Since 2003, the Ontario government has provided approximately $13 billion to help municipalities repair and upgrade roads and bridges, improve water and wastewater treatment, and revitalize community infrastructure.
“Small communities have unique and diverse infrastructure needs. Working together, our government is helping rural municipalities with vital infrastructure investments that create jobs and keep communities moving.”
“The new Ontario government is committed to working with municipalities, especially our rural partners, to help make critical infrastructure investments that will strengthen our communities across the province. Through the Municipal Infrastructure Strategy, we are ensuring that the right investments are made at the right time.”