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Improving Infrastructure in Thunder Bay-Superior North

Ontario Creating Jobs and Strengthening Local Economies

November 14, 2014 - Ontario is providing stable, annual funding, supporting improvements to critical infrastructure in Thunder Bay-Superior North, while creating jobs and strengthening the local economy.

Through the Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund (OCIF), communities in Thunder Bay-Superior North will receive annual funding to support improvements and repairs to road, bridge, water and wastewater projects.

The following communities in Thunder Bay-Superior North have been approved for annual funding through the OCIF:

Community

Grant ($)

City of Thunder Bay

$1,416,876

Town of Marathon

$51,182

Municipality of Greenstone

$81,200

Township of Dorion

$25,000

Township of Nipigon

$27,290

Township of Schreiber

$25,000

Municipality of Shuniah

$25,000

Township of Terrace Bay

$45,545

Township of Red Rock

$25,000

The Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund is part of the government's comprehensive plan for a strong Ontario that builds people's talents and skills, builds a more dynamic business environment, builds new infrastructure and builds a more secure retirement for Ontarians.


QUOTES

“This program will provide ongoing critical support to communities in Thunder Bay-Superior North for infrastructure improvements and reflects the priority our government has placed on building a strong Ontario.  Continued investment in Northern Ontario’s infrastructure will improve safety, spur economic development and improve the quality of life for residents, industry and visitors.” 

— Michael Gravelle, MPP for Thunder Bay-Superior North

“Our government is fulfilling a commitment to provide a permanent infrastructure program that will continue to build up small, rural and northern communities. We listened to our municipal partners, who know what’s best for their communities. This is why providing predictable, sustainable, annual funding is a key component of the Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund.”

— Jeff Leal, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

“Making important infrastructure investments creates jobs, builds our economy, and supports communities across Ontario. These communities now have access to reliable, predictable provincial funding to help them achieve their goals.”

— Brad Duguid, Minister of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure

 “The Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund addresses local priorities by linking permanent and predictable infrastructure funding to municipal asset management plans.”

— Ron Eddy, Chair of Rural Ontario Municipal Association

 

QUICK FACTS 

  • The Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund provides $100 million annually to support critical infrastructure in small, rural and northern municipalities.
  • Half of the funding is allocated annually using a fair and transparent formula, which recognizes that municipalities have different infrastructure and fiscal needs. The remaining $50 million is available through an application-based process, allowing municipalities to continue partnering with the province to invest in critical infrastructure projects that will create jobs and support strong communities.
  • Since 2003, the Province has invested nearly $100 billion in public infrastructure. These investments have helped municipalities repair and upgrade roads and bridges, revitalize community infrastructure and modernize and expand transit systems.
  • Ontario plans to invest more than $130 billion in public infrastructure over the next 10 years. This will support more than 110,000 jobs on average each year in construction and related industries.


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