Ontario Providing Funding for New Storm Sewer System in Port Colborne
Province Creating Jobs, Building Up Critical Infrastructure in Small, Rural and Northern Communities
Ontario is providing the City of Port Colborne with up to $2 million to install a new storm sewer system through the Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund - one of 59 approved projects across the province that will receive new funding.
The province is also providing small, rural and northern municipalities like Port Colborne with expanded access to predictable, stable, annual funding to build and repair roads, bridges, water and wastewater infrastructure. As announced in the 2016 Ontario Budget, funding for the Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund will triple from $100 million to $300 million per year by 2018-19, which will include $200 million in predictable, formula-based funding and $100 million in application-based funding.
Ontario is making the largest investment in public infrastructure in the province's history - about $160 billion over 12 years, which is supporting 110,000 jobs every year across the province, with projects such as roads, bridges, transit systems, schools and hospitals. In 2015, the province announced support for more than 325 projects that will keep people and goods moving, connect communities and improve quality of life.
Expanding and improving infrastructure for Ontario's small, rural and northern municipalities is part of the government's economic plan to build Ontario up and deliver on its number-one priority to grow the economy and create jobs. The four-part plan includes investing in talent and skills, including helping more people get and create the jobs of the future by expanding access to high-quality college and university education.
The plan is making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario's history and investing in a low-carbon economy driven by innovative, high-growth, export-oriented businesses. The plan is also helping working Ontarians achieve a more secure retirement.
- Currently, 50 per cent of the Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund is allocated annually using a fair and transparent formula, which recognizes that municipalities have different infrastructure and fiscal needs. The remaining 50 per cent is available through an application-based process, allowing municipalities to continue partnering with the province to invest in critical infrastructure projects.
- To date, 137 critical infrastructure projects have been approved through the Fund’s application-based component for a total investment of $174 million. In addition, 425 communities have received grants under the Fund’s formula-based component for a total provincial investment of $50 million per year.
- The new changes to the Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund reflect consultation feedback from municipal leaders from across Ontario about improvements to the program.
“By expanding the Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund from $100 million to $300 million, our government is showing municipalities across Ontario that we’re committed to working with them to address the critical infrastructure they need in their communities through predictable, stable funding. The province is laying the foundation for sustainable economic development, creating jobs and new economic opportunities in rural and northern communities across Ontario.”
“By continuing to partner with municipalities across Ontario, we’re providing stable funding to help small, rural and northern communities undertake critical infrastructure projects that will boost their economies, create jobs, and allow them to implement their asset management plans.”