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Government of Ontario

March 18, 2016 10:30 ET

Governments of Canada and Ontario Announce Joint Funding for 13 Infrastructure Projects

Projects approved under the New Building Canada Fund's Small Communities Fund

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - March 18, 2016) -

The Honourable Patricia A. Hajdu, Minister of Status of Women, along with the Honourable Michael Gravelle, Ontario Minister of Northern Development and Mines, announced today in Thunder Bay that 13 local infrastructure projects in communities across Ontario will receive over $10 million in joint funding from the Governments of Canada and Ontario through the Small Communities Fund.

The Government of Canada remains committed to making historic investments in infrastructure to promote good jobs and clean growth in towns and cities across the country.

The funding announced today by Minister Hajdu, on behalf of the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, will help address local priorities in 13 communities by supporting infrastructure projects pertaining to green energy, waste management, drinking water and broadband.

Through the Small Communities Fund, the governments of Canada and Ontario are working in partnership to provide funding for priority public infrastructure projects that deliver on local needs in communities across the province that have fewer than 100,000 residents.

Quotes

"Green infrastructure such as clean drinking water infrastructure, renewable energy and waste management infrastructure, as well as connectivity and broadband infrastructure are critical to providing sustainable, livable communities. We are committed to maintain, restore and build public infrastructure for the 21st century. The Government of Canada is proud to invest in these 13 infrastructure projects, they will have a positive and lasting impact on the quality of life for the people in these communities."

The Honourable Patrica A. Hajdu, Minister of Status of Women

"Investing in infrastructure is absolutely critical to promoting long-term, sustainable economic growth in Ontario's northern communities. Thanks to joint funding from the Governments of Canada and Ontario, 13 communities can undertake important work to improve local drinking water, waste management and other critical infrastructure."

The Honourable Michael Gravelle, Minister of Northern Development and Mines

"We are most appreciative of our project being approved from the Canada-Ontario Small Communities Fund. This project will benefit the community economically and environmentally in that it will provide an integrated solution to the existing infrastructure in our community. This will greatly reduce the dependency on diesel generation and the local grid for power."

Chief White Cloud, Lac des Mille Lacs First Nation

Quick Facts

  • Canada and Ontario will each provide over $5 million of the total eligible cost of over $15 million for these 13 projects. Recipient's communities will be responsible for all remaining costs.
  • Overall, Canada and Ontario will each provide $272 million through the Small Communities Fund to support projects in communities across the province.

Associated Links

See the backgrounder for the complete list of projects approved for funding.

To learn more the Small Communities Fund, please visit http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/sc-cp-eng.html.

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Backgrounder

The governments of Canada and Ontario are announcing funding for 13 projects in communities across the province under the New Building Canada Plan's Small Communities Fund (SCF). This is in addition to the 78 projects already identified under the SCF in Ontario.

The Governments of Canada and Ontario each committed over $5 million for the 13 projects, which have a total eligible cost of more than $15 million. Recipient communities will be responsible for all remaining project costs. So far, the vast majority of the projects approved under this Fund are in communities with a population of less than 25,000.

The projects are as follows:

Recipient Project Description Provincial
Contribution
Federal
Contribution
Dubreuilville Township Construct a new municipal landfill site to facilitate the disposal of non-hazardous residential, commercial and industrial waste to help mitigate the environmental impact on the local community. $255,133 $255,133
Fauquier-Strickland Township Upgrade the existing piping process and update the electrical, heating, ventilation and plumbing systems to improve the local community's drinking water. $878,578 $878,578
Municipality of French River Install a litter fence and automated gate systems and construct a storm water management pond to reduce the risk of flooding. $250,328 $250,328
Lac des Mille Lacs First Nation Install a new solar-powered electric micro-grid that will reduce the local community's reliance on diesel and help lower greenhouse gas emissions. $260,662 $260,662
Mississauga First Nation Construct a transfer station to temporarily hold waste slated for disposal or recycling. Once completed, the local community will benefit from a more cost-effective waste disposal system that will meet its needs over the next 20 years. $273,750 $273,750
Taykwa Tagamou Nation Install a new solar-powered electric micro-grid, and adopt energy conservation measures that use solar modules, oil-powered generators and batteries, to provide the local community with cost-effective power. $684,238 $684,238
Wikwemikong Unceded Indian Reserve Install a new solar-powered electric micro-grid that will provide cost-effective power to over 50 local homes and help reduce greenhouse gas emissions. $814,568 $814,568
Algonquins of Pikwakanagan First Nation Install a galvanized steel roof on a local outdoor hockey rink, equipped with a solar grid system and LED lighting, to help generate solar energy. $132,000 $132,000
Burpee and Mills Township Install a solar-powered heating system in a municipal garage that will generate cleaner electricity and help improve the local community's environment and health. $11,753 $11,753
Oneida Nation of the Thames Install a new solar-powered electric micro-grid that will provide cost-effective power for local community housing and help reduce greenhouse gas emissions. $814,568 $814,568
Serpent River First Nation Install additional fiber optic cable to provide 370 local community members with broadband Internet access. $122,112 $122,122
Municipality of Killarney Expand a local landfill site and install a new system to collect and treat environmentally harmful liquids. These upgrades will help mitigate waste disposal-related environmental impacts. $276,512 $276,512
The North Shore Township De-commission an over-capacitated local landfill site to improve solid waste disposal in the local community. $292,125 $292,125

For more information on the individual projects, please direct your questions to the recipient listed above.

For more information on the Small Communities Fund, please visit: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/sc-cp-eng.html.

Contact Information

  • Brook Simpson
    Press Secretary
    Office of the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
    613-219-0149
    Brook.Simpson@Canada.ca

    Jessica Hume
    Press Secretary
    Ontario Ministry of Economic Development, Employment
    and Infrastructure
    (416) 325-7569
    Jessica.Hume@ontario.ca

    Infrastructure Canada
    613-960-9251
    Toll free: 1-877-250-7154
    media@infc.gc.ca