FONOM Pleased with Recent Provincial Announcements


The Federation of Northern Ontario Municipalities (FONOM) is applauding the provincial government for recent announcements which will benefit municipalities and Northern residents, including the extension and expansion of the spring bear hunt and investments into infrastructure   The extension of the spring bear hunt for an additional five years and the expansion to all Wildlife Management Units (WMUs) that currently have a fall hunt as well as including non-resident hunters has been called for from across the North. “The extension and expansion will address public safety concerns as well as bring much needed economic activity to the region. We are hopeful that the data generated from the pilot will result in the permanent reinstatement of the program,” says Mayor Alan Spacek of Kapuskasing and President of FONOM.   The announcement of investments into two infrastructure funding programs from Premier Kathleen Wynne during the 2016 Ontario Good Roads Association (OGRA) / Rural Ontario Municipal Association (ROMA) combined conference that took place February 21-24 in Toronto was also welcomed. The funding which is part of the government’s $15 billion commitment infrastructure for outside of the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area would see the Connecting Links program doubled to $30 million a year by 2018-2019, while the Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund (OCIF) would be expanded to $300 million a year by 2018-2019 from the current $100 million. The program will also be more flexible as municipalities will now be able to bank funding for up to five years.   “An important aspect of the OCIF funding that FONOM has requested from the province was for the formula based portion of the funding to be increased so that municipalities would have greater predictable funding,” stated Spacek. “This announcement captured that by committing $200 million towards formula based and $100 million towards application based.”   FONOM looks forward to seeing the infrastructure projects that Northern municipalities will be able to undertake as a result of this funding. [author ]About FONOM The Federation of Northern Ontario Municipalities (FONOM) is the unified voice of Northeastern Ontario, representing and advocating on behalf of 110 cities, towns and municipalities. Our mission is to improve the economic and social quality of life for all northerners and to ensure the future of our youth. FONOM is a membership-based association that draws its members from northeastern Ontario and the districts listed below.[/author]


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