Jeff Yurek, MPP Announces Infrastructure Funding for Rural Elgin-Middlesex Municipalities

Published on December 08, 2021

ELGIN-MIDDLESEX-LONDON – Jeff Yurek, MPP is thrilled to announce that the Ontario government is providing over $25M to help build and repair local infrastructure in Elgin-Middlesex communities. This investment is part of the government’s plan to build Ontario by getting shovels in the ground on critical infrastructure projects that support economic recovery, growth and job creation.

Local allocations are as follows:

Municipality

2021 Grant

2022 Grant

County of Middlesex

$620,316

$1,309,221

City of St. Thomas

$1,984,203

$4,384,242

County of Elgin

$1,226,460

$2,390,338

Municipality of Bayham

$341,523

$652,519

Municipality of Central Elgin

$547,837

$1,445,176

Municipality of Dutton-Dunwich

$119,762

$305,240

Municipality of Thames Centre

$473,268

$954,326

Municipality of West Elgin

$225,822

$430,629

Town of Aylmer

$316,211

$633,839

Township of Malahide

$238,268

$463,384

Township of Southwold

$223,528

$451,222

 

“I look forward to seeing all the ways that this funding contributes to a safe and stable future for our rural communities,” said Jeff Yurek, MPP for Elgin-Middlesex-London.

 

Today’s announcement is part of the government’s additional $1 billion investment to help build and repair roads, bridges, water and wastewater infrastructure in small, rural and northern communities. The multi-year funding is being delivered through the Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund (OCIF) and will bring the government’s total investment to nearly $2 billion over the next five years.

Funding allocations will be based on a formula that recognizes the different needs and economic conditions of communities across the province. The new formula will include an increased funding minimum of $100,000 for all communities per year, up from $50,000 over previous years.

The Province’s investment in OCIF is part of the 2021 Ontario Economic Outlook and Fiscal Review: Build Ontario. The plan lays out how the government will build Ontario’s future with shovels in the ground for highways, hospitals, long-term care, housing, and high-speed internet. To ensure all families, workers and businesses in the province have a better and brighter future, the government’s planned infrastructure investments over the next decade total more than $148 billion.

QUICK FACTS

 

  • The OCIF supports local infrastructure projects for communities with populations under 100,000, along with all rural and northern communities.
  • For 2021, approximately $200 million in funding was allocated to 424 small, rural and northern communities. Municipalities may accumulate their funding for up to five years to address larger infrastructure projects.
  • Ontario also provides funding to communities through the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP), a $30-billion, 10-year infrastructure program cost-shared between federal, provincial and municipal governments, and other partners. Ontario’s share per project will be up to $10.2 billion spread across five streams: Rural and Northern, Transit Infrastructure, Community, Culture and Recreation, Green and COVID-19 Resilience Infrastructure.
  • The 2021 Ontario Economic Outlook and Fiscal Review: Build Ontario is the government’s seventh financial update since the pandemic began, highlighting the government’s commitment to providing regular updates on Ontario’s finances, even during this uncertain economic period. It is part of the government’s plan for recovery driven by economic growth.

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