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BUILDING ONTARIO WITH INVESTMENTS IN SMALL, RURAL AND NORTHERN COMMUNITIES, INCLUDING OVER $5.9M IN KENORA – RAINY RIVER

KENORA & RAINY RIVER DISTRICTS – The Ontario government is providing over $5.9 million to help build and repair local infrastructure in Kenora – Rainy River. 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.

“Today, our government has committed an additional $1 billion over the next five years to support small, rural and northern municipalities. This investment will create jobs, attract economic growth and investment, and make our communities the best places to live and grow,” said Greg Rickford, MPP for Kenora–Rainy River. “This year, Kenora–Rainy River will receive more than $5.9 million across 15 municipalities to address their local community infrastructure needs and repair local roads, bridges, water and wastewater infrastructure.”

Total investment in communities across Kenora – Rainy River are as follows:

Municipality              Previous Year (2021)2022 Grant
Township of Alberton$50,000$100,000
Township of Chapple$50,000$100,000
Township of Dawson$50,000$100,000
City of Dryden$666,969$1,190,328
Township of Emo$64,023$136,423
Town of Fort Frances$682,746$1,314,873
Township of Ignace$193,693$341,309
City of Kenora$831,156$1,787,706
Township of La Vallee$50,000$100,000
Township of Lake of the Woods$50,000$100,000
Township of Machin$65,298$127,251
Township of Morley$50,000$100,000
Town of Rainy River$145,918$267,415
Redditt Local Services Board$50,000$100,000
Township of Sioux Narrows-Nestor Falls$50,000$100,000

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.

“Our small, rural and northern communities will be at the forefront of our efforts to build Ontario for the future,” said Premier Doug Ford. “With this investment, we are saying ‘yes’ to helping these communities build and repair the vital infrastructure they need to keep their communities working for decades to come.”

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.

“Communities are the heartbeat of this province and we know they are facing unique infrastructure needs and challenges, especially as we navigate through the pandemic,” said Kinga Surma, Minister of Infrastructure. “Our government has been with them every step of the way. When we were told more funding supports were needed, we listened and acted in a meaningful way by providing the largest OCIF increase since the start of the program. By doing so, we’re providing stability and predictability to small, rural and northern communities to repair, upgrade, and modernize their critical infrastructure so that they are safer, healthier, and more reliable for all.”

The Province’s investment in OCIF is part of the 2021 Ontario Economic Outlook and Fiscal Review: Build OntarioThe 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, our 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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