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Ontario Improving Roads and Water Systems in Northwestern Ontario

Investment to Boost Economic Growth, Create Jobs in Rural Communities

Ontario is investing in critical improvements to a sewage treatment and water distribution system, as well as local roadways, to create jobs and boost economic growth in Northwestern Ontario.

The following communities will receive support from the province to complete critical infrastructure upgrades: 

  • The Town of Atikokan will receive support to make improvements to Sewage Pump Station #7
  • The Township of Gillies will receive support to rehabilitate Main Street, Prouty Street and Hymers Fair Drive in the village of Hymers
  • The Township of Ignace will receive support to rehabilitate West Beach Drive
  • The Local Services Board of Redditt will receive support to rehabilitate its water distribution system 

These are four of 55 communities that will receive support from the province through the Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund (OCIF) to build and upgrade local infrastructure. Ontario is making the largest infrastructure investment in hospitals, schools, public transit, roads and bridges in the province’s history. To learn more about what’s happening in your community, go to: Ontario.ca/BuildON. Investing in municipal infrastructure is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.

QUOTES 

“I am proud of our government’s on-going commitment to maintaining and developing infrastructure in our communities, while at the same time stimulating our local and regional economies and contributing to the overall health and well- being of our citizens. Infrastructure, especially as it pertains to transportation, water and wastewater management, will always be at the foundation of healthy and prosperous communities.

Bill Mauro, MPP for Thunder Bay - Atikokan 

“Our government is committed to improving roads, bridges and water infrastructure in rural Ontario. Today’s announcement demonstrates our government’s commitment to working with municipalities to address critical infrastructure needs in their communities. This important investment will help keep people moving, create jobs, boost our economy and improve the quality of life for residents of rural Ontario.” 

— Jeff Leal, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs  

The upgrades to roads, bridges, water and wastewater infrastructure made possible by the Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund continue to lead to positive changes in our communities. We are proud to enable innovative projects that help spur local economic activity, create job opportunities for Ontarians and raise quality of life across the province.”

Bob Chiarelli, Minister of Infrastructure 

QUICK FACTS 

  • Ontario is investing up to $60 million through the 2016 OCIF Top-Up Application Component for these 55 communities.
  • The province is providing four communities in Northwestern Ontario with over $4.5 million through the top-up application component of the fund, to support community infrastructure:
    • The Town of Atikokan will receive up to $1,525,500 for capacity upgrades to Sewage Pump Station #7;
    • The Township of Gillies will receive up to $245,533 for the rehabilitation of Main Street, Prouty Street, and Hymers Fair Drive in the Village of Hymers;
    • The Township of Ignace will receive up to $912,510 for the rehabilitation of West Beach Drive;
    • The Local Services Board of Redditt will receive up to $1,898,777 to help rehabilitate its water system;
  • Ontario is tripling its investments through OCIF from $100 million in 2016 to $300 million per year in 2019.
  • This commitment includes increasing the formula-based funding to $200 million and increasing the application-based component to approximately $100 million by 2019.
  • OCIF supports projects in municipalities with a population of less than 100,000 as of the 2011 census, as well as municipalities that are located in northern or rural Ontario. 

Additional Resource: 

Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund

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