Priority projects will mean safer, faster, more convenient commutes
St. Thomas, August 12, 2019 - Ontario is working to support municipalities and get
people moving by investing in new transit and road infrastructure projects in West
Elgin, Dutton Dunwich, and Southwold.
The Honourable Jeff Yurek, Ontario’s Minister of the Environment, Conservation and
Parks and MPP for Elgin-Middlesex-London, announced today that the Ford Government
is investing more than $1 million in 4 transit and road infrastructure projects
in Western Elgin by nominating them under the Public Transit stream and Rural and
Northern stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP).
- $399,626.70 for the Municipality of West Elgin- Blacks Road Reconstruction Project
- $20,538.95 for the Municipality of West Elgin- Purchase of a new Transit Bus
- $399,205.08 for the Municipality of Dutton Dunwich- Ash Line Culvert Replacement
and Surface Improvement Project
- $209,747.02 for Southwold Township- Second Line Bridge Replacement Project
“These investments will help people who rely on our roads and public transit to
get to work and home safely. By building and maintaining great roads, bridges and
transit infrastructure in rural municipalities, we are supporting continued community
growth and connectivity,” said Yurek.
“We’re continuing to work with municipalities, families and businesses, to make
smart investments in our infrastructure, to keep it safe and reliable,” says Minister
of Infrastructure Laurie Scott. “Our investments are creating jobs and growing the
economy, shaping the future for hard-working families in Ontario.”
The projects are now with the federal government for final funding decisions as
they are reviewed for eligibility under the ICIP program. Some projects could begin
as soon as Fall 2019. If approved, the nominated projects will be eligible for total
funding of more than $13.6 million from the federal, provincial and municipal governments.
“We’re excited to get shovels in the ground; these initiatives promise to make a
real difference in people’s lives,” said Yurek. “Now it’s up to the federal government
to approve them.”
- The Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program is federal-provincial cost-sharing
program which includes up to $30 billion in federal, provincial and other partner
funding over 10years. Ontario’s share per project will be up to 33.33 per cent or
about $10.2 billion spread across four streams: 1. Rural and Northern, 2. Public
Transit, 3. Green, 4. Community, Culture and Recreation.
- The Rural and Northern in-take focused on road, bridge, air and marine infrastructure
in rural and northern communities with populations under 100,000 people.
- A total of
144 road, bridge, air and marine infrastructure projects have been nominated to
date under the Rural and Northern stream.
- The second intake of ICIP applications was for transit projects in municipalities
outside the GTHA. Funding is allocated to transit systems based on a municipality’s
or municipalities’ share of total transit ridership in Ontario as per the 2015 Canadian
Urban Transit Association Fact Book. This allocations-based funding model was set
by the federal government.The Province has nominated 144 transit infrastructure
projects from 42 municipalities outside of the GTHA under the Public Transit stream
of ICIP. More nominations from this intake will be announced later this year.
- On July 22, 2019, Ontario announced that until October 24, municipalities inside
the GTHA can apply for funding to support new transit projects under the Public
Transit Stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program. Information on
additional intakes will be released when available.
- The government also nominated five major transit projects in the
City of Toronto and Region of York to the federal government for approval.