MPP Mike Harris Kicks Off 2020 with Community Infrastructure Funding

Published on January 17, 2020

Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund invests $1.8 Million in infrastructure projects in Kitchener-Conestoga

January 17, 2020

Elmira – The Ontario government is making another investment in Waterloo Region’s small and rural communities. Through the Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund (OCIF), the Province continues to support municipalities as they build and repair roads, bridges, water and wastewater infrastructure.

This year, Kitchener-Conestoga will receive more than $1.8 Million across three municipalities to address their local community infrastructure needs.

“This significant infrastructure investment will create jobs, attract economic growth and investment, and keep our rural communities safe,” said Kitchener-Conestoga MPP Mike Harris. “I will continue to work closely with local municipalities to deliver on shared priorities that have a positive impact on residents here in Waterloo Region.”

Total investment in communities across Kitchener-Conestoga are as follows:

This funding is a part of Ontario’s approximately $200 million commitment to 424 communities addressing their core infrastructure projects and asset management planning needs in 2020.

“This investment provides the predictable and stable infrastructure funding small, rural and northern municipalities have asked for,” said Laurie Scott, Minister of Infrastructure. “With this OCIF funding we are working directly with our municipal partners to deliver community infrastructure.”

Recognizing that municipalities have different infrastructure needs, the province uses a straightforward and transparent formula that examines various social and economic factors to determine funding allocations across the province.

Quick Facts

  • The Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund provides stable and predictable funding for communities with populations under 100,000, along with all rural and northern communities.
  • Approximately $200 million in formula-based funding was allocated to small, rural and northern communities for 2019. Municipalities may accumulate their formula 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. Ontario’s share per project will be up to 33.33 per cent, or $10.2 billion spread across four streams: Rural and Northern, Public Transit, Green, and Community, Culture and Recreation.