Investments in critical projects will create jobs, help families and businesses,
says MPP Jeff Yurek
March 12, 2019 Elgin-Middlesex-London — Ontario's Government is working for the
people to make the province's roads safer, commutes easier and communities healthier.
Today, MPP Jeff Yurek announced new infrastructure funding that will help create
and protect good jobs across the province, including in Elgin-Middlesex-London.
"When it comes to delivering core services that matter to people, our government
is putting people first," said Monte McNaughton, Minister of Infrastructure. "Today's
historic infrastructure investment marks the start of billions of dollars in funding
that will improve the wellbeing of the people of Ontario. And it is part of our
plan to balance the budget in a responsible, sustainable way while creating and
protecting good jobs."
The first stream of the funding, the Rural and Northern stream, is open to cities
and Indigenous communities with populations under 100,000. Those communities, about
500 of them, will have eight weeks beginning March 18 to nominate road and bridge
"This is great news for communities in our riding," said MPP Yurek. "Our government
is listening and has heard the infrastructure needs of our municipalities, particularly
those in rural areas. Today we're telling communities to get started on the crucial
process of project nomination."
The funding falls under the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program, which will
unlock up to $30 billion in combined federal, provincial, and local investments
in communities across the province over the next 10 years.
"The launch of today's programs marks an important milestone for investing in the
critical projects that will create jobs for our riding," said MPP Yurek. "This program
will help families and businesses by making our roads safer, commutes easier and
The Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program is 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 per cent, or $10.2 billion spread across four
- 1. Rural and Northern
- 2. Public Transit
- 3. Green
- 4. Community, Culture and Recreation
The first intake for the Rural and Northern stream will be open for eight weeks,
and will focus on road, bridge, air or marine infrastructure in rural and northern
communities with populations under 100,000 people.
The Grants Ontario website (click on Grant Opportunities) will be a "one-window"
source for applicants, handling application intake, review, nomination, reporting
and transfer payment management processes – all in one place.
"The Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) welcomes this federal and provincial
commitment to infrastructure funding across our province. Rural and northern communities
depend on safe and reliable roads and bridges. They are essential to local quality
of life and prosperity. Importantly, the ‘one-window' approach that Ontario and
the federal government have put in place will offer Ontario's municipal governments
an efficient means to access infrastructure funding." – Jamie McGarvey, AMO President
and Mayor of Parry Sound