Stable and predictable funding will help build and repair local roads, bridges, water and wastewater infrastructure
The Ontario government is making investments in small, rural and northern communities. Through the Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund (OCIF), Ontario will provide about $200 million in 2020 to 424 communities to help them with core infrastructure projects and asset management planning to address their local priority needs.
“Our government is investing in community-based infrastructure projects that will build healthier and safer communities,” said Laurie Scott, Minister of Infrastructure. “This funding builds on our on-going commitment to support small, rural and northern municipalities across Ontario.”
As part of the government’s Plan to Build Ontario Together, OCIF helps eligible communities invest in local infrastructure and asset management planning to address their priority needs.
This year, nearly 40 municipalities across Algoma-Manitoulin will receive close to $4 million to address their local community needs.
“This announcement provides the predictable and stable infrastructure funding small, rural and northern municipalities have requested,” added Minister Scott. “With this OCIF funding, we are working directly with our municipal partners to help them build much-needed community infrastructure.”
The province uses a fair and transparent formula to distribute funding, recognizing that municipalities have different infrastructure needs. These investments will help eligible communities attract jobs and investment, as well as build local capacity to grow and thrive.
“OCIF is an excellent example of the stable, predictable infrastructure funding small and rural communities need to help sustain and develop local communities and economies. OCIF’s formula-based funding helps build and maintain Ontario’s network of local roads and bridges and critical water, wastewater and stormwater systems,” said AMO President Jamie McGarvey. “The announcement of 2020 OCIF allocations is timely and much appreciated.”
▪ The Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund provides stable and predictable funding for communities with populations under 100,000, along with all rural and northern communities. NEWS Ministry of Infrastructure
▪ 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, Transit Infrastructure, and Community, Culture and Recreation and Green.