FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SUNDAY, JANUARY 19, 2020
Belleville – The Ontario government is providing the City of Belleville $1,371,540.72 through the Court Security Prisoner Transportation Program this year to offset policing cost associated to the operations of the Quinte Consolidated Courthouse.
The funding, which has increased from the City’s 2019 allocation of $1,345,904.19, is part of $125 million distributed to municipalities across Ontario with courthouses. Allocations are based on the share of prisoner transports in each municipality in relation to the total across Ontario.
“We’re committed to working with our municipal partners to ensure that we have effective court security, while not creating too great a burden on their policing budgets,” said Todd Smith, MPP for Bay of Quinte.
Belleville Police Service Chief of Police Ron Gignac was pleased with the funding allocation.
“We thank MPP Smith and our provincial government for providing this funding that allows us to operate a safe and secure courthouse. Along with staffing the consolidated courthouse security, we are able to safely and efficiently transport those in custody to and from various correctional institutions,” said Gignac.
Smith announces $8.5 million for local municipalities through 2020 Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FRIDAY, JANUARY 17, 2020
Bay of Quinte –This year, the Ontario government is delivering more than $8.5 million to address local infrastructure needs in three Bay of Quinte municipalities.
The funding is part of the government’s investment in small, rural and northern communities through the Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund. Todd Smith, MPP for Bay of Quinte, said the Province continues to support its municipalities as they build and repair roads, bridges, water and wastewater infrastructure.
“As MPP for Bay of Quinte, I am upholding my commitment to support our local municipalities by creating jobs, attracting economic growth and investment, and making our community the best place to live and grow, said Smith.
Total investment in Bay of Quinte municipalities are as follows...
County of Hastings…………………………….......………..…………………….…………….$50,000
County of Prince Edward…………………………………………........…………………$1,147,499
City of Belleville…………………………………………….…….……………..……………..$3,232,839
. City of Quinte West…………………………………………………………………….…….$4,157,747
Total for riding*…………………………..……............…...…………..$8,588,085
(Includes municipalities shared with Hastings-Lennox and Addington)
This funding is a part of Ontario’s approximately $200-million commitment to 424 communities, addressing their core infrastructure projects and asset management planning needs in 2020.
“This investment provides the predictable and stable infrastructure funding small, rural, and northern municipalities have asked for,” said Laurie Scott, Minister of Infrastructure. “With this OCIF funding, we are working directly with our municipal partners to deliver community infrastructure.”
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.
Local municipal leaders welcomed news of the funding allocations.
“The City of Quinte West is very appreciative of this important infrastructure investment in our community and it will go toward improving our transportation networks. Our goal is to see that our residents, businesses, and essential services travel safely and efficiently throughout their day.”
Mayor Jim Harrison
City of Quinte West
“We thank the provincial government for these infrastructure funds. These funds can help with many projects. We can proceed with our 2021 infrastructure project planning, knowing this money is now available. I would like to thank MPPs Todd Smith and Daryl Kramp for advocating for us.”
Mayor Mitch Panciuk
City of Belleville
"The County of Prince Edward appreciates the Province's ongoing commitment to investing in critical local infrastructure, especially in rural communities like ours. Our residents count on us to deliver affordable and high-quality infrastructure. Predictable and stable funding through the Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund is key as we look to repair and improve our roads, bridges, and water and wastewater infrastructure."
Mayor Steve Ferguson
County of Prince Edward
“The County of Hastings is always thankful for funding it receives from the Province of Ontario for the many services it provides for the entire area. This OCIF funding will contribute to those services. Thank you to our local MPPs who continue to advocate on our behalf.”
Warden Rick Phillips
County of Hastings
- 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 formula-based funding was allocated to small, rural and northern communities for 2019. Municipalities may accumulate their formula 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. Ontario’s 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.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 20, 2019
Belleville – Ontario is investing in the health and safety of hospital patients in Hastings and Prince Edward Counties by addressing urgent repair and maintenance needs at Quinte Health Care (QHC) hospitals in 2019-2020.
Todd Smith, MPP for Bay of Quinte, and Daryl Kramp, MPP for Hastings-Lennox and Addington announced this morning that QHC would receive a $1,215,781 allocation through the Health Infrastructure Renewal Fund (HIRF). The funding will provide for a repaired roof and windows at Belleville General Hospital, a new boiler at Trenton Memorial Hospital, and a new building automation system, essential for air handling, at North Hastings Hospital.
“These investments will help ensure the patients in our local hospitals can receive the care they need in a safe and comfortable setting,” said Smith. “Seemingly small things like well-functioning roofs, windows or heating and air conditioning systems can make worlds of difference to a patient’s experience.”
Smith added the upgrades might allow QHC to save money on utilities costs and reinvest directly in front-line care, creating a positive impact for the patients and their families.
The funding is part of a $175-million commitment to 131 hospitals this year through the HRIF. Kramp said the investments are timely and an important piece of the government’s ongoing effort to modernize Ontario’s world-class health care system.
“Ontario has a plan to build a connected and sustainable public health-care system centered on the needs of patients, including over $27 billion over 10 years in hospital infrastructure projects,” said Kramp. “Maintaining hospital infrastructure is one more example of how we are working toward ensuring that Ontarians have the health-care services they can depend on while building the capacity we need to end hallway health care.”
That long-term infrastructure plan includes the redevelopment of QHC’s Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital. Smith noted the Ministry of Health continues to have ongoing discussions with QHC regarding the hospital and the parties have agreed on its scope, based on QHC’s Stage 2 functional program submission. The ministry is in the reviews process to move the project on to the next stage.
QHC Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer Brad Harrington was pleased with the immediate benefit through the HIRF allocation.
“This is exceptional news – and during the festive season! Infrastructure dollars are essential to our hospital operations and our ability to extend exceptional patient care at QHC hospitals,” Harrington said. “For the past few years, we have been under-funded in this area – and today’s announcement brings QHC’s HRIF up to a more equitable level above $1.2 million. That’s an increase of $500,000 compared to the level received over the past few years.”
- In addition, Ontario is investing $7.2 million to address ongoing urgent and/or emergent infrastructure renewal needs for community health service providers who met specific criteria on a priority basis, through the Community Infrastructure Renewal Fund.
- Improving health care in Ontario (www.ontario.ca/improving-health-care-ontario)
- Building a Connected Public Health Care System for the Patient (news.ontario.ca/mohltc/en/2019/02/building-a-connected-public-health-care-system-for-the-patient.html)