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Improving Roads and Bridges in Eastern Ontario

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Improving Roads and Bridges in Eastern Ontario

Province Supporting Jobs and Economic Growth

Ontario is helping to connect communities in Eastern Ontario, keep people moving, create jobs and boost local economic growth by supporting upgrades to roads, bridges and other community infrastructure.

Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Jeff Leal made the announcement today in Clarence-Rockland along with Grant Crack, MPP for Glengarry-Prescott-Russell. The community's recently completed Bearbrook double-lane bridge replacement, supported by the province, will help ease the flow of traffic and increase road safety, creating a better quality of life and more economic opportunities for local families and businesses.  

The following counties in Eastern Ontario will also receive support from the province to complete important local infrastructure repairs and upgrades:

  • Frontenac County
  • Haliburton County
  • Hastings County
  • Kawartha Lakes
  • Lennox & Addington County
  • Peterborough County
  • Prince Edward County
  • Renfrew County
  • United Counties of Prescott and Russell

Ontario is making the largest infrastructure investment in hospitals, schools, public transit, roads and bridges in the province's history. To learn more about what's happening in your community, go to Ontario.ca/BuildON.

Investing in municipal infrastructure is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.

Quick Facts

  • Through the Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund (OCIF), the province is providing $52 million in stable, predictable formula-based funding to 71 municipalities in 9 counties across Eastern Ontario to invest in community infrastructure.
  • The City of Clarence-Rockland received more than $1.2 million for the replacement of the Bearbrook double-lane bridge on Bouvier Road through OCIF. The Bearbrook bridge re-opened in 2016.
  • This funding will help the city to increase traffic safety and flow across the bridge and provide increased support for heavy goods traffic.
  • Ontario is tripling its investments through OCIF from $100 million in 2016 to $300 million in 2019. Of the $300 million allocated for 2019, the province will provide $100 million for municipalities to invest in critical infrastructure projects, and $200 million in predictable, formula-based funding.
  • OCIF supports projects in municipalities with a population of less than 100,000 as of the 2011 census, as well as municipalities that are located in Northern or rural Ontario.

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“Investing in roads, bridges and other critical infrastructure in Clarence-Rockland will help create jobs, boost our economy and provide opportunities for families and businesses in rural Ontario. Today’s announcement is further proof that our government remains committed to supporting Eastern Ontario and ensuring a strong rural economy.”

Jeff Leal

Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

“I’m pleased to be here today in my riding to congratulate Clarence-Rockland on the successful completion of the Bearbook double-lane bridge replacement. Our government’s continued commitment to investing in Eastern Ontario infrastructure helps underscore our commitment to building up our rural communities.”

Grant Crack

MPP for Glengarry, Prescott, Russell

“This is great news for the City of Clarence Rockland. We are thankful for this support which will help us address maintenance and infrastructure work that needs to be done in our community.”

Guy Desjardins

Mayor of the City of Clarence-Rockland

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