The Ontario government is making another investment in small, rural and northern communities. Through the Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund (OCIF), Ontario continues to support municipalities as they build and repair roads, bridges, water and wastewater infrastructure.
I am very pleased to see municipalities in Parry Sound Muskoka receiving a total of more than $5.8 million to address their local infrastructure needs, said MPP Norman Miller. These community infrastructure projects are often the backbone of the community and this funding is all the more important under our current circumstances.
Investing in local infrastructure projects that help strengthen our communities and support Ontarios long-term economic recovery is important to help get shovels in the ground on important community projects, said Minister of Infrastructure Laurie Scott. This investment provides stable funding to assist small, rural and northern municipalities address local priorities and modernize public infrastructure.
Total investments in communities across Parry Sound-Muskoka are as follows:
|Municipality||OCIF Allocation 2021|
|Georgian Bay Township||$61,249|
|Lake of Bays||$87,640|
|McMurrich / Monteith||$50,000|
|TOTAL IN RIDING||$ 5,804,014|
The funding above is a part of Ontarios approximately $200 million commitment to 424 communities across the province to help address core municipal infrastructure projects and asset management planning needs in 2021.
Recognizing that municipalities have different infrastructure needs, the province uses a straightforward and transparent formula that examines various social and economic factors to determine funding allocations across the province.
The Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund provides stable and predictable funding for communities with populations under 100,000, along with all rural and northern communities. Approximately $200 million in funding was allocated to small, rural and northern communities for 2021. Municipalities may accumulate their OCIF funding for up to five years to address larger infrastructure projects.
Ontario also provides funding to communities through the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP), a $30-billion, 10-year infrastructure program cost-shared between federal, provincial and municipal governments. Ontarios share per project will be up to 33.33 per cent, or $10.2 billion spread across four streams: Rural and Northern, Public Transit, Green, and Community, Culture and Recreation.