FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MARCH 13TH, 2019
Ontario Launches $30 Billion Infrastructure Funding Program
Investments in critical projects will create jobs, help families and businesses, says MPP Dunlop
Simcoe North — The Ontario government is working to make the province’s roads safer, commutes easier and communities healthier. MPP Jill Dunlop announced new infrastructure funding that will help create and protect good jobs across the province, including in the community of Simcoe North.
“This is great news for communities in our riding,” said Jill Dunlop, MPP for Simcoe North. “The launch of today’s programs marks an important milestone for investing in the critical projects that will create jobs for our riding. This will help families and businesses in rural Ontario by making our roads safer, commutes easier and communities healthier.” Dunlop stated that the government was listening to the people of Ontario when it comes to the infrastructure needs of municipalities. “With this announcement, we’re telling communities to get started on the crucial process of project nomination.”
The first stream of the funding, the Rural and Northern stream, is open to cities and Indigenous communities with populations under 100,000. Those communities, about 500 of them, will have eight weeks beginning March 18 to nominate road and bridge projects.
“When it comes to delivering core services that matter to people, our government is putting people first,” said Monte McNaughton, Minister of Infrastructure. “Today’s historic infrastructure investment marks the start of billions of dollars in funding that will improve the wellbeing of the people of Ontario. And it is part of our plan to balance the budget in a responsible, sustainable way while creating and protecting good jobs.”
The funding falls under the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program, which will unlock up to $30 billion in combined federal, provincial, and local investments in communities across the province over the next 10 years.
- The Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program is 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 per cent, or $10.2 billion spread across four streams:
- Rural and Northern
- Public Transit
- Community, Culture and Recreation
- The first intake for the Rural and Northern stream will be open for eight weeks, and will focus on road, bridge, air or marine infrastructure in rural and northern communities with populations under 100,000 people.
- The Grants Ontario website (click on Grant Opportunities) will be a “one-window” source for applicants, handling application intake, review, nomination, reporting and transfer payment management processes – all in one place.