Ontario supports economic growth, job creation with additional municipal infrastructure funding

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 8, 2021

BAY OF QUINTE – The Ontario government is providing $16,951,102 to help build and repair local infrastructure in local municipalities, Todd Smith, MPP for Bay of Quinte announced today. This investment is part of the government’s plan to build Ontario by getting shovels in the ground on critical infrastructure projects that support economic recovery, growth and job creation.

Through the Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund (OCIF), the City of Belleville will receive $7,032,052 for 2022 (compared to $3,232,839 in 2021), the City of Quinte West will receive $7,531,017 (compared to $4,157,747) and Prince Edward County will receive $2,388,033 (compared to $1,147,499).

“Our municipal partners in Bay of Quinte need stable funding to address infrastructure renewal, particularly as they weather the challenges of this ongoing pandemic,” said Smith. “Our government is committed to building Ontario by making significant investments to ensure they can move forward with critical projects like upgraded roads, bridges, and water and wastewater systems.”

Today’s announcement is part of the government’s additional $1 billion investment to help build and repair roads, bridges, water and wastewater infrastructure in small, rural and northern communities. The multi-year funding bring Ontario’s total investment to nearly $2 billion over the next five years.

“Our small, rural and northern communities will be at the forefront of our efforts to build Ontario for the future,” said Premier Doug Ford. “With this investment, we are saying ‘yes’ to helping these communities build and repair the vital infrastructure they need to keep their communities working for decades to come.”

The funding allocations are based on a formula that recognizes the different needs and economic conditions of communities across the province. The new formula will include an increased funding minimum of $100,000 for all communities per year, up from $50,000 over previous years.

“Communities are the heartbeat of this province and we know they are facing unique infrastructure needs and challenges, especially as we navigate through the pandemic,” said Kinga Surma, Minister of Infrastructure. “Our government has been with them every step of the way. When we were told more funding supports were needed, we listened and acted in a meaningful way by providing the largest OCIF increase since the start of the program. By doing so, we’re providing stability and predictability to small, rural and northern communities to repair, upgrade, and modernize their critical infrastructure so that they are safer, healthier, and more reliable for all.”

The Province’s investment in OCIF is part of the 2021 Ontario Economic Outlook and Fiscal Review: Build Ontario. The plan lays out how the government will build Ontario’s future with shovels in the ground for highways, hospitals, long-term care, housing, and high-speed internet. To ensure all families, workers and businesses in the province have a better and brighter future, the government’s planned infrastructure investments over the next decade total more than $148 billion.

QUOTES

“COVID has challenged our City in many ways but we have continued to safely move forward to serve and support our residents in every possible way. This important provincial funding allows us to continue the work of building a better Belleville in 2022 and we appreciate this assistance.”

Mayor Mitch Panciuk, City of Belleville

”Renewing vital infrastructure is a key priority for Prince Edward County. We are encouraged that the Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund (OCIF) continues to be a source of stable of funding for these important projects. With funds provided through OCIF, we look forward to undertaking work to improve our roadways as well as water and wastewater infrastructure in 2022.”

Mayor Steve Ferguson, Prince Edward County

“OCIF funding allows us to make infrastructure investments that improve the day-to-day lives of our residents. We are very grateful to the province for the additional funding this year that will allow us to move forward with critical projects within the City of Quinte West.”   

Mayor Jim Harrison, City of Quinte West

QUICK FACTS

  • The OCIF supports local infrastructure projects for communities with populations under 100,000, along with all rural and northern communities.
  • For 2021, approximately $200 million in funding was allocated to 424 small, rural and northern communities. Municipalities may accumulate their 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, and other partners. Ontario’s share per project will be up to $10.2 billion spread across five streams: Rural and Northern, Transit Infrastructure, Community, Culture and Recreation, Green and COVID-19 Resilience Infrastructure.
  • The 2021 Ontario Economic Outlook and Fiscal Review: Build Ontario is the government’s seventh financial update since the pandemic began, highlighting the government’s commitment to providing regular updates on Ontario’s finances, even during this uncertain economic period. It is part of the government’s plan for recovery driven by economic growth.

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