Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

November 09, 2009 23:59 ET

Canada's Economic Action Plan delivers housing-related infrastructure loan for the County of Oxford

WOODSTOCK, ON, Nov. 9 - The Government of Canada announced today that the County of Oxford has been approved for seven infrastructure loans as part of Canada's Economic Action Plan.

The announcement was made by Dave Mackenzie, Member of Parliament for Oxford, on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development Canada and Minister Responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC).

The County of Oxford has been approved for more than $12 million in low-cost loans from CMHC's Municipal Infrastructure Lending Program (MILP):

- The Town of Ingersoll will see $1.7 million put to work for the reconstruction of Clark Road East and Wonham Streets, - The Township of East Zorra - Tavistock will see an investment of $3 million for wastewater servicing in Innerkip, - The Township of Blandford-Blenheim will benefit from $3.17 million for upgrades to the Wastewater Treatment Plant/Sewage Pump station in Platsville, - The City of Woodstock is investing $200,000 to upgrade its Thames Valley Sewage Pump Station, and - The Township of Zorra is investing $4.3 million for the Embro Wastewater Servicing Program.

"Our Government understands the importance of infrastructure in maintaining strong and prosperous communities," said MP Mackenzie. "This program is opening the door for municipalities of all sizes to meet their housing-related infrastructure needs and create jobs. It's good news not only for Oxford, but also for Ontario."

Canada's Economic Action Plan provides up to $2 billion in direct low-cost loans to municipalities, over two years, for housing-related infrastructure projects through the MILP. Municipal infrastructure loans are available to any municipality in Canada and provide a new source of funds for municipalities to invest in housing-related infrastructure projects. These low cost loans can also be used by municipalities to fund their contribution for cost-shared federal infrastructure programming.

"Oxford County is very happy to partner with all levels of government," said Oxford County Warden Paul Holbrough. "Residents in Oxford will benefit for many years as a result of the funding being made available for these critical infrastructure projects".

Eligible projects include infrastructure related to housing services such as water, power generation and waste services, as well as local transportation infrastructure within and into residential areas, such as roads, sidewalks, lighting and green space.

More information on this and other measures in Canada's Economic Action Plan, the federal government's plan to stimulate the economy and protect those hit hardest by the global recession, can be found at: www.actionplan.gc.ca.

To find out more about how the Government of Canada and CMHC are working to build stronger homes and communities for all Canadians, call CMHC at 1-800-668-2642 or visit www.cmhc.ca/housingactionplan.

Backgrounder attached. BACKGROUNDER HELPING MUNICIPALITIES BUILD STRONGER COMMUNITIES CMHC Municipal Infrastructure Lending Program

Canada's Economic Action Plan provides up to $2 billion in direct low-cost loans to municipalities over two years through Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC)'s Municipal Infrastructure Lending Program (MILP) for housing-related infrastructure projects in towns and cities across the country.

These infrastructure loans are available to any municipality within Canada and will provide a new source of funds for municipalities to invest in housing-related infrastructure projects. Only infrastructure projects serving new or existing residential areas may be considered.

Eligible municipal infrastructure projects must directly relate to housing, thereby contributing to the efficient functioning of residential areas. Projects include infrastructure related to the provision of housing services such as water, wastewater and solid waste services; power generation; local transportation infrastructure within or into residential areas such as roads, bridges and tunnels; and residential sidewalks, lighting, pathways, landscaping and green space.

There will be a focus on funding projects that are shovel-ready, as this is a targeted, short-term, temporary measure intended to create jobs.

These low-cost loans will significantly decrease the cost of borrowing for municipalities and can be used by them to fund their contribution for cost-shared federal infrastructure programming.

Eligible loans will be approved largely on a first-come, first-served basis, provided the proposal meets eligibility requirements. However, CMHC will also seek to facilitate equitable access to the program and will work to encourage applications from urban and rural municipalities across Canada.

CMHC will screen applications against program eligibility, readiness to proceed and Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA) requirements.

For more information or to make an application, municipalities can visit CMHC's website at www.cmhc.ca/housingactionplan.gc.ca.

Contact Information

  • Media inquiries: Michelle Bakos, Office of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, (819) 994-2482; Beth Bailey, CMHC, Ontario Business Centre, Communications & Marketing, (416) 218-3355; Charles Sauriol, CMHC, National Office, Media Relations, (613) 748-2799