The Ontario government announced on Aug. 18 that it will provide $100 million per year in funding for critical road, bridge, water, and wastewater projects in small, rural, and northern municipalities. The investments will be made through the new Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund (CIF).
CIF grants must be spent on: capital projects and capital maintenance for the renewal, rehabilitation, and replacement of core infrastructure assets like roads, bridges, and water and wastewater, including both sanitary and stormwater facilities; and/or the development and implementation of asset management plans like software, training, and inspections.
Premier Kathleen Wynne, who made the announcement in St. Thomas, also announced that Ontario municipalities can now propose infrastructure projects to be considered for support through the Small Communities Fund. Through this fund, Ontario and the federal government will each contribute $272 million to support projects in municipalities with populations less than 100,000.