The Ontario government is providing $13,204,620 to help renew and rehabilitate local infrastructure in Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound. The funding is being delivered through the Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund (OCIF) and is part of the government’s overall investment of $400 million in 2023.
“I am very pleased to see this substantial infrastructure funding for our municipalities here in Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound. I heard firsthand from municipal leaders how important these funds are to support infrastructure renewal and I am delighted that our government has followed through with this support,” said MPP Byers.
The following municipalities are receiving funding:
· $ 765,729 – Arran-Elderslie
· $ 319,230 – Chatsworth
· $ 417,455 – Georgian Bluffs
· $ 753,175 – Grey Highlands
· $ 475,692 – Hanover
· $1,145,272 – Meaford
· $ 346,792 – Northern Bruce Peninsula
· $2,507,541 – Owen Sound
· $ 609,489 – The South Bruce Peninsula
· $ 507,792 – Southgate
· $ 981,295 – West Grey
· $1,333,134 – County of Bruce
· $3,042,024 – County of Grey
OCIF provides funding to eligible communities every year to help them address critical infrastructure needs, including road, bridge, water and wastewater projects.
“Ontario’s small, rural and northern communities, like Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound, are essential to the growth and prosperity of the province,” said Kinga Surma, Minister of Infrastructure. “Our government is continuing to provide stable funding to meet local infrastructure needs and provide support in response to pressures from inflation. By supporting key community infrastructure projects, we are helping to grow and build safer, more resilient communities for generations to come.”
In December 2021, the Ontario government announced an additional $1 billion for critical infrastructure projects that support economic growth and job creation in small, rural and northern communities, bringing the government’s total investment to nearly $2 billion dollars over five years.
OCIF supports local infrastructure projects by providing stable and predictable funding for rural and northern communities, as well as for communities with populations under 100,000.
Funding allocations are based on a formula that recognizes the different needs and economic conditions of communities.
In 2022, the government provided $400 million in funding through OCIF, an increase of $200 million from the previous year. Communities may accumulate their funding for up to five years to address larger infrastructure projects.