MPP Norm Miller is encouraging communities to start the process of project nomination following his announcement of new funding that will restore infrastructure and create jobs across the province and in Muskoka, according to a news release from March 14.
The funding falls under the “Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program.” It is a 10-year program with $30 billion in investments between federal, provincial and municipal governments. Ontario’s share of the cost per project will be up to 33 per cent, which translates to $10.2 billion spread across four streams. The first stream of funding, the Rural and Northern stream, is open to towns and Indigenous communities with populations under 100,000. Communities have eight weeks beginning March 18 to nominate road and bridge as well as air and marine infrastructure projects. The other streams of funding are Community, Culture and Recreation, Green, and Public Transit.
“The launch of this program marks an important milestone for investing in the critical projects that will create jobs for our riding,” Miller said in the news release. “This program will help families and businesses by making our roads safer, commutes easier and communities healthier.”
Applicants will use the Grants Ontario website as a “one-window” source to handle application intake, review, nomination, reporting and transfer payment management processes.
“When it comes to delivering core services that matter to people, our government is putting people first,” said Monte McNaughton, minister of Infrastructure. “This historic infrastructure investment marks the start of billions of dollars in funding that will improve the wellbeing of the people of Ontario. And it is part of our plan to balance the budget in a responsible, sustainable way while creating and protecting good jobs.”