Gravelle announces up to $1.62M for upgraded water lines

May 22, 2013 - The new Ontario government is helping municipalities invest in critical roads, bridges, water and wastewater systems.

Old cast-iron waterlines in Greenstone will be relined in the drinking water distribution system. The project will receive up to $1,620,956 from the Municipal Infrastructure Investment Initiative (MIII).

Over the next three years, the MIII will provide nearly $90 million to help municipalities address critical infrastructure needs. Eighty-nine applicants will receive up to $2 million each. Most of the funding will be received by communities with populations under 20,000.

In addition, as part of the 2013 budget, the province has proposed $100 million for small and rural municipalities to address, roads, bridges, and other critical infrastructure. The Ministry of Rural Affairs and the Ministries of Transportation and Infrastructure will consult this summer on the design of the program.

“Today’s announcement demonstrates our ongoing commitment to smaller municipalities, particularly here in Northwestern Ontario. I’m pleased to see this investment in Greenstone’s infrastructure, and I’m confident that our proposed new $100 million infrastructure fund will be instrumental in supporting communities with future needs.” – Michael Gravelle, MPP Thunder Bay-Superior North

“We are extremely pleased with the provincial government’s commitment to financially assist small and rural municipalities in addressing critical infrastructure deficiencies. This funding allocation will allow our Municipality to repair very old, problematic cast iron waterlines and ensure the safety and quality of our residents’ drinking water.” – Mayor Renald Beaulieu, Municipality of Greenstone

“We are dedicated to working with municipalities, especially our rural partners, to help make critical infrastructure investments that will strengthen our communities across the province. Through the Municipal Infrastructure Strategy, the Province and municipalities are working together to prioritize needs so the right investments are made at the right time.” — Glen Murray, Minister of Infrastructure

· First announced in August 2012, the Municipal Infrastructure Investment Initiative has already distributed $9 million to small, rural and Northern municipalities to help prepare asset management plans.

· Since 2003, the Ontario government has provided approximately $13 billion to help municipalities modernize and expand transit, repair and upgrade roads and bridges, improve water and wastewater treatment, and revitalize community infrastructure.

Find out more about the Municipal Infrastructure Strategy, including asset management planning and capital investments.

Explore Building Together, Ontario’s long-term infrastructure plan.

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