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Additional infrastructure funding from province to go toward roads and water sytems

Prince Edward County will use additional infrastructure funding from the provincial government toward improving roadways and water and wastewater infrastructure in 2022.

Bay of Quinte MPP Todd Smith announced $16,951,102 in additional funding through the Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund (OCIF).

Prince Edward County will received $2,388,033 (compared to $1,147,499 in 2021); Belleville gets $7,032,052 for 2022 (compared to $3,232,839), Quinte West will receive $7,531,017 (compared to $4,157,747).

“Our municipal partners in Bay of Quinte need stable funding to address infrastructure renewal, particularly as they weather the challenges of this ongoing pandemic,” said Smith. “Our government is committed to building Ontario by making significant investments to ensure they can move forward with critical projects like upgraded roads, bridges, and water and wastewater systems.”

Today’s announcement is part of the government’s additional $1 billion investment to help in small, rural and northern communities. The multi-year funding brings Ontario’s total investment to nearly $2 billion over the next five years.

The funding allocations are 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.

“Renewing vital infrastructure is a key priority for Prince Edward County,” stated Mayor Steve Ferguson. “We are encouraged that the Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund (OCIF) continues to be a source of stable of funding for these important projects. With funds provided through OCIF, we look forward to undertaking work to improve our roadways as well as water and wastewater infrastructure in 2022.”

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.

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  1. Dennis Fox says:

    Considering the Province downloaded 49 onto us at the local level, don’t thank them for giving us a hand-out that comes nowhere close to the amount needed to maintain it.

  2. Dan says:

    Thanks Todd, if the roads are smooth on the way to vote, I’ll think of you.

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