The Village of Merrickville-Wolford has received a grant from the Ontario Government of $143,371 to address infrastructure needs in the Village. The amount is a significant increase over the 2021 grant of $69,742, and is part of the multi-year funding being delivered through the Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund (OCIF), which supports local infrastructure projects for communities with populations under 100,000, along with all rural and northern communities.
The Ontario government is providing over $6.92M to help build and repair local infrastructure in Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes.
“This $6.92M investment will help our local communities ensure their infrastructure is safer, more reliable, and will help address the infrastructure needs of this area,” said Steve Clark, MPP for Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes. “By investing an additional $1 billion over the next five years, our government will help communities across Ontario repair local infrastructure, support economic growth, and create local jobs.”
Mayor Doug Struthers welcomed the increase in the funding for 2022.
“The OCIF program provides small rural communities like Merrickville-Wolford with funding to maintain and enhance our local infrastructure. Whether large or small, all communities depend on their local infrastructure for business and residential stability and growth. The predictability and stability of this program is essential for our short and long term planning. We take great care and consideration utilizing tax and grant funding in our annual budget. The 2022 allocation is a significant increase, and will be well utilized as we continue to maintain and enhance our infrastructure throughout all of Merrickville-Wolford.”