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Local Infrastructure Improvements for Northwestern Region

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Local Infrastructure Improvements for Northwestern Region

Ontario Government Building Stronger Communities

Ministry of Infrastructure

The new Ontario government is investing nearly $5 million to support improvements to critical infrastructure in communities in Northwestern Ontario.

The province is supporting these improvements through the Municipal Infrastructure Strategy, which is providing nearly $90 million over the next three years to help municipalities across the province build and maintain key infrastructure.

Local projects include:

  • improvements to the water and wastewater systems in Emo Township;
  • implementing a specialized chlorination system to improve drinking water quality in Rainy River Township;
  • repairing King Street Underpass to replace pavement and guiderails in Dryden;
  • repairing Winnipeg River West Ranch Bridge in Kenora; and
  • reconstructing Douce's Road in Machin Township.

Building on the Municipal Infrastructure Strategy, the province is providing an additional $100 million to help small, rural and northern municipalities build and maintain roads, bridges and other critical infrastructure. A consultation involving local and regional rural officials was held in Kenora 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.

Quick Facts

  • Most Municipal Infrastructure Strategy funding is being provided to communities with populations under 20,000.
  • Ontario has already committed $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 facilities, and revitalize community infrastructure.

Additional Resources


Jeff Leal

“Rural Ontario has unique and diverse infrastructure needs. By collaborating and consulting with our local and regional partners, we are providing communities with revitalized critical infrastructure that will create jobs, grow local businesses and keep communities moving.”

Jeff Leal

Minister of Rural Affairs

Glen R. Murray

“The new Ontario government is committed to working with municipalities, especially our northern 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.”

Glen R. Murray

Minister of Infrastructure

Media Contacts

  • Kirby Dier

    Communications Branch



  • Patrick Searle

    Minister's Office, Ministry of Infrastructure



  • Bryan Bossin

    Minister's Office, Ministry of Rural Affairs





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