Ontario Government Investing more than $1 Million in 4 Transit and Road Projects in West Elgin, Dutton Dunwich, and Southwold

Published on August 12, 2019

ST. THOMAS — Ontario is working to support municipalities and get people moving by investing in new transit and road infrastructure projects in West Elgin, Dutton Dunwich, and Southwold.


The Honourable Jeff Yurek, Ontario’s Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks and MPP for Elgin-Middlesex-London, announced today that the Ford Government is investing more than $1 million in 4 transit and road infrastructure projects in Western Elgin by nominating them under the Public Transit stream and Rural and Northern stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP).


  • $399,626.70 for the Municipality of West Elgin- Blacks Road Reconstruction Project
  • $20,538.95 for the Municipality of West Elgin- Purchase of a new Transit Bus
  • $399,205.08 for the Municipality of Dutton Dunwich- Ash Line Culvert Replacement and Surface Improvement Project
  • $209,747.02 for Southwold Township- Second Line Bridge Replacement Project


“These investments will help people who rely on our roads and public transit to get to work and home safely. By building and maintaining great roads, bridges and transit infrastructure in rural municipalities, we are supporting continued community growth and connectivity,” said Yurek.


“We’re continuing to work with municipalities, families and businesses, to make smart investments in our infrastructure, to keep it safe and reliable,” says Minister of Infrastructure Laurie Scott. “Our investments are creating jobs and growing the economy, shaping the future for hard-working families in Ontario.”


The projects are now with the federal government for final funding decisions as they are reviewed for eligibility under the ICIP program. Some projects could begin as soon as Fall 2019. If approved, the nominated projects will be eligible for total funding of more than $13.6 million from the federal, provincial and municipal governments.


“We’re excited to get shovels in the ground; these initiatives promise to make a real difference in people’s lives,” said Yurek. “Now it’s up to the federal government to approve them.”




  • The Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program is federal-provincial cost-sharing program which includes up to $30 billion in federal, provincial and other partner funding over 10years. Ontario’s share per project will be up to 33.33 per cent or about $10.2 billion spread across four streams: 1. Rural and Northern, 2. Public Transit, 3. Green, 4. Community, Culture and Recreation.
  • The Rural and Northern in-take focused on road, bridge, air and marine infrastructure in rural and northern communities with populations under 100,000 people.
  • A total of 144 road, bridge, air and marine infrastructure projects have been nominated to date under the Rural and Northern stream.
  • The second intake of ICIP applications was for transit projects in municipalities outside the GTHA. Funding is allocated to transit systems based on a municipality’s or municipalities’ share of total transit ridership in Ontario as per the 2015 Canadian Urban Transit Association Fact Book. This allocations-based funding model was set by the federal government.The Province has nominated 144 transit infrastructure projects from 42 municipalities outside of the GTHA under the Public Transit stream of ICIP. More nominations from this intake will be announced later this year.
  • On July 22, 2019, Ontario announced that until October 24, municipalities inside the GTHA can apply for funding to support new transit projects under the Public Transit Stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program. Information on additional intakes will be released when available.
  • The government also nominated five major transit projects in the City of Toronto and Region of York to the federal government for approval.