FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FRIDAY, JULY 19, 2019
Quinte West – Todd Smith, the Bay of Quinte MPP and Minister of Children, Community and Social Services, announced today the Province of Ontario has nominated Quinte West’s King Street corridor reconstruction project for Investing in Canada Infrastructure Project (ICIP) funding.
Smith explained through ICIP’s Rural and Northern stream, a multi-level funding model, the Province must submit projects for federal approval. Pending federal approval, the Province would contribute $1,666,183.37 toward the reconstruction of 2.8 km of roadway along King, Division, Catherine and Dufferin streets.
Above ground, the reconstruction includes new asphalt, curbing, and sidewalks as well as the construction of active transportation lanes on King and Division streets. Roundabouts may also be considered to increase safety. Below ground, the City plans to replace water and sewer mains that are over 50 years old and to add fibre optics conduit for modern communications needs.
“This project will improve vehicular and pedestrian safety in a well-travelled area of Quinte West that provides access to Trenton Memorial Hospital, schools, and downtown businesses. It will also refresh vital water and sewer infrastructure, providing longevity and reliability for another generation,” said Smith. “I’m pleased our government is committed to the health and prosperity of Quinte West.”
Quinte West Mayor Jim Harrison was pleased the Province nominated the project.
“We are very thankful for the provincial government’s support. This is one of many infrastructure projects that we are looking forward to completing and we are looking forward to the federal government’s support as well.”
In a competitive process, Quinte West’s application was reviewed for its adherence to both federal eligibility criteria and provincial priorities.
The Province has committed $250 million through the Rural and Northern stream, part of a $10.2 billion investment in the 10-year ICIP program. For each approved project, Ontario will provide up to 33 per cent of project costs. The Rural and Northern stream is one of four funding opportunities under the agreement. Intakes from municipalities under the Public Transit stream are currently being reviewed, while streams for Community, Culture and Recreation and Green projects will open later this year.
Minister of Infrastructure Laurie Scott said the government is pleased to use the ICIP model to invest in what matters most to the communities it serves.
“We’re continuing to work with municipalities, families, and businesses to make smart investments in our infrastructure and keep it reliable,” said Scott. “Our investments are creating jobs and growing the economy, shaping the future for hard-working Ontario families.”
Work cannot begin on Quinte West’s King Street corridor or any of the other projects the Province has nominated for funding until approvals come from the federal government. Smith is urging an expedient review and confirmation the project will proceed.
“This is an important project for Quinte West in so many ways. We need to get the green light as soon as possible so the City can start public consultations and get shovels in the ground without delay.”
Budget 2019: budget.on.ca
Grants Ontario – List of Grants by Ministry: http://www.grants.gov.on.ca/GrantsPortal/en/OntarioGrants/GrantOpportunities/GrantsbyMinistry/index.htm