Ontario supporting small, rural and northern communities

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submitted by MPP Steve Clark

The Ontario government is investing over $8.7 million to help renew and rehabilitate critical infrastructure in Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes. The funding is being delivered through the Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund (OCIF) and is part of the government’s plan to support economic growth and job creation.

“The OCIF allocations announced by Minister Surma will provide critical support to communities across my riding,” said Steve Clark, MPP for Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes. “This program recognizes the importance of renewing and expanding the municipal infrastructure that is so important to our province’s economic success.”

In 2024, the government will allocate $400 million in OCIF funding to help 425 small, rural and northern communities pay for critical infrastructure projects including road, bridge, water, and wastewater projects. If necessary, a community may accumulate its funding for up to five years to address larger infrastructure projects.

MPP Steve Clark is pictured with North Grenville Mayor and United Counties of Leeds and Grenville Warden Nancy Peckford at his constituency office in Brockville. North Grenville will receive over $885,000 and the United Counties will receive more than $3.4 million in funding through this allocation.

“Small, rural and northern communities need stable funding for their unique infrastructure needs and to provide safe and reliable services,” said Kinga Surma, Minister of Infrastructure. “That’s why our government continues to provide funding, especially during these challenging economic times. Our investments in community infrastructure are helping to create jobs, build stronger local economies, and lay the foundation for a stronger, more resilient Ontario for generations to come.”

OCIF provides funding for local infrastructure projects in communities with populations under 100,000, as well as all rural and northern communities. Funding allocations are based on a formula that takes into account the different needs and economic conditions of each community.

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