Infrastructure funding coming to rural and northern communities

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Ontario Construction News staff writer

The Ontario government is spending $400 million for critical infrastructure projects in small, rural and northern communities. Funding will come from the Community Infrastructure Fund.

“Ontario’s small, rural and northern communities are essential to the growth and prosperity of the province,” said Kinga Surma, minister of infrastructure. “As part of our plan to build Ontario, 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 communities attract jobs and build local capacity to grow and thrive for generations to come.”

OCIF funds projects that renew and rehabilitate critical infrastructure, including roads, bridges, water and wastewater projects.

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.

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.


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