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

QUICK FACTS

 

  • 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.

 

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