New Municipal Infrastructure Fund for Ontario
Government Investing in Small, Rural and Northern Communities to Create Jobs
Premier Kathleen Wynne was in Simcoe today as part of the government's ongoing investments in infrastructure across Ontario.
Joined by Minister of Rural Affairs, Jeff Leal, the Premier announced that the new Small, Rural and Northern Municipal Infrastructure Fund is now accepting applications. The program, part of the 2013 Budget, will help address critical infrastructure needs for these communities, including roads, bridges, water and wastewater projects, and will support local jobs.
Twenty-one communities were approved based on their application to the Municipal Infrastructure Investment Initiative earlier this year.
The Premier and the Honourable Dave Levac, MPP for Brant, also attended a jobs roundtable at Laurier Brantford today, where they called on local business and community leaders to work with the government to help grow the economy and create jobs, especially for young people.
Improving highways, roads and bridges and working with local businesses is part of the Ontario government's economic plan to invest in people, invest in infrastructure and support a dynamic and innovative business climate.
- As of Oct. 1, 2013, eligible Ontario municipalities can apply for support from the Small, Rural and Northern Municipal Infrastructure Fund.
- The new fund has three components: $4 million to help municipalities with populations under 5,000 complete their asset management plans; $25 million to fund 20 previously submitted critical project proposals; and $71 million for capital projects.
- The government has committed to invest more than $35 billion in infrastructure across Ontario over the next three years, which will support more than 100,000 jobs on average each year.
- Since taking office in February, Premier Kathleen Wynne has hosted more than a dozen roundtables with partners from the public, private, academic and non-profit sectors.
“Small, rural and northern communities are critical to the prosperity of our province. That’s why we will work together as One Ontario to address the unique needs of every community so that everyone can grow and prosper.”
“During our summer consultations, our municipal partners spoke about their limited ability to address their pressing infrastructure priorities. Through this new fund, we’re helping revitalize infrastructure that will grow local economies, strengthen rural communities and create jobs.”
“As a government, we’re committed to working with our municipal partners to provide essential infrastructure investments that will strengthen communities across the province in the long-term. Through the Municipal Infrastructure Strategy and this new infrastructure fund, we are making strategic investments where they are needed the most.”