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Ontario Improving Roads, Bridges and Water Systems

Investment to Boost Economic Growth, Create Jobs in Rural Communities

Ontario is helping connect communities, create jobs and boost economic growth by increasing support for small and rural communities to improve roads, bridges and wastewater systems.

Michael Gravelle, MPP for Thunder Bay-Superior North, on behalf of Jeff Leal, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, and Bob Chiarelli, Minister of Infrastructure, was in Dorion Township today to announce investments for upgrades to the Ouimet Canyon Road Bridge over Coldwater Creek. The existing load-restricted bridge will be replaced by a modern structure, which will enable access to the area's natural attractions for heavy emergency response vehicles, maintenance vehicles, school buses and visitors. Improved access will help increase road safety and create a better quality of life and more economic opportunities for local families and businesses.

Dorion Township is one of 78 communities that will receive support from the province through the Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund to build and upgrade local infrastructure. Ontario is also providing more than 420 communities across the province stable and predictable annual formula grants under the program.

Investing in municipal infrastructure is part of Ontario's plan to create fairness and opportunity during this period of rapid economic change. The plan includes a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, easier access to affordable child care, and free prescription drugs for everyone under 25 through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation.

Quick Facts

  • Ontario is investing more than $100 million through the Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund (OCIF) Top-Up Application Component for these 78 projects.
  • Dorion Township will receive up to $1.3 million to support improvements to a local bridge.
  • This year, Ontario is also providing more than 420 communities with about $130 million in formula-based funding through the OCIF.
  • Over the next three years, Ontario will provide over 420 communities with approximately $530 million in formula-based funding through OCIF.
  • OCIF supports projects in municipalities with a population of less than 100,000 as well as municipalities that are located in northern or rural Ontario.

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“We are investing in projects across the province to help communities build and upgrade vital local infrastructure like the Ouimet Canyon Road Bridge in Dorion Township. Improving infrastructure in Northern and rural communities across Ontario, like in Dorion Township, will lead to improved road safety, increased opportunity and help to bolster the local economy.”

Michael Gravelle

MPP Thunder Bay-Superior North

“Our government is committed to improving roads, bridges and water infrastructure in rural Ontario. This important investment in Dorion Township will not only help to improve access of emergency vehicles to support the community, but will boost local economic growth and create good jobs in Northwestern Ontario.”

Jeff Leal

Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

“Ontario is committed to building the critical public infrastructure people need and deserve. Our investment in Dorion Township's Ouimet Canyon Road Bridge will allow heavier vehicles to more easily cross the Coldwater Creek, improving emergency response, winter maintenance, and the flow of local traffic. Improvements to bridges and other infrastructure through the OCIF program deliver economic benefits to our communities while enhancing quality of life.”

Bob Chiarelli

Minister of Infrastructure



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