Province investing $5.1 million for infrastructure

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The Ontario government is planning on delivering funds to support infrastructure needs in small, rural, and northern communities this year.

Simcoe-Grey will receive more than $5.1 million across seven municipalities to address local needs.

“As your MPP, 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 Simcoe-Grey MPP Jim Wilson in a statement. “This funding will help build and repair roads, bridges, water and wastewater infrastructure in our region.”

Of the $5,143,183, slated for the riding, $1,120,787 will go toward projects in New Tecumseth.

Other municipalities receiving funds include, the Town of Colling-wood - $925,347, Town of The Blue Mountains - $1,120,787, Town of Wasaga Beach - $1,039,783, Township of Adjala-Tosorontio - $178,426, Township of Clearview - $449,233, and the Township of Essa - $516,692.

The funding is a part of Ontario’s approximately $200 million commitment to 424 communities addressingtheir core infra-structure projects and asset management planning needs in 2021.

"This investment provides the predictable and stable infrastructure funding small, rural and northern municipalities have asked for,” said Laurie Scott, Minister of Infra-structure. “With this OCIF funding we are working directly with our municipal partners to deliver community infrastructure.”

The government said they used a “straightforward and transparent formula” to examine various socialand economic factors to determine funding allocations across the province.

The Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund provides stable and predictable funding for ommunities with populations under 100,000, along with all rural and northern communities.

Approximately $200 million in formula-based funding was allotted.

Municipalities may accumu-late their formula funding for up to five years to address larger projects.

Ontario also provides funding to communities through the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Pro-ram – a $30 billion, ten-year infrastructure program that is cost-shared between federal, provincial and mu-nicipal governments.

Brian Lockhart, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, New Tecumseth Times