Investing in Infrastructure
Ontario Supporting Infrastructure Projects in Small, Rural and Northern Communities
Ontario is growing the economy and creating jobs by supporting three projects through the new Small, Rural and Northern Municipal Infrastructure Fund.
The following projects were approved under the new fund based on applications submitted through the Municipal Infrastructure Investment Initiative earlier this year:
- Resurfacing and realigning a 4.8-kilometre stretch of Flat Road in the Township of Greater Madawaska to provide clearer sightlines for drivers to better identify crossing wildlife and improve traffic safety
- Rebuilding a portion of Madawaska Road in the Municipality of Hastings Highlands to better accommodate heavy logging traffic
- Rehabilitating a 2.8-kilometre stretch of Jeff Road in the Township of North Kawartha to improve driving conditions and sightlines
The Small, Rural and Northern Municipal Infrastructure Fund is now accepting applications. The fund, part of the 2013 Budget, will help communities undertake critical infrastructure projects and support local jobs.
Improving highways, roads and bridges is part of the Ontario government's plan to invest in people, invest in infrastructure and support a dynamic and innovative business climate.
- The new fund has three components: $4 million to help municipalities with populations under 5,000 complete asset management plans; $25 million to fund 20 previously submitted critical project proposals; and $71 million for capital projects.
- The Small, Rural and Northern Municipal Infrastructure Fund reflects municipal input gathered from a series of consultations held across the province this past summer.
- Ontario has committed to invest more than $35 billion in infrastructure across the province over the next three years, which will support more than 100,000 jobs on average each year.
“Through this new fund, our government is helping rural communities revitalize infrastructure to help grow their local economies and create jobs.”
“Our commitment to municipal infrastructure is strong. This new fund will allow our government to continue to invest in communities and build infrastructure across Ontario.”
“On behalf of all our residents, I would like to thank the Ontario government for their consideration of this very important infrastructure link in our community. Jeff Road/Clydesdale Road is the only link between Provincial Hwy 28 and County Road 620, and plays a pivotal role as an emergency response route.”
“With the help of this new fund, Greater Madawaska will be better positioned to revitalize critical infrastructure. This investment will continue to assist small and rural municipalities’ efforts to improve needed transportation infrastructure.”
“We in Hastings Highlands are very pleased to hear the provincial government is investing in our municipality’s infrastructure. This project has been on our list of key priorities, and will help create jobs and keep the community moving forward as we build strong and stable resources for the future.”