GODERICH, ON, Nov. 4, 2013 /CNW/ - The Association of Municipalities of
Ontario (AMO) today released a video that celebrates investment of
Canada's Gas Tax Fund in the Town of Goderich. The Town has a Master
Plan to guide rebuilding efforts and chart the course for its future
thanks in part to Canada's Gas Tax Fund. Watch the video on AMO's website.
"The federal Gas Tax Fund helped Goderich fund the planning process that
is getting our Town back to normal," said Deb Shewfelt, Mayor of the
Town of Goderich. "The Plan meets our short-term and long-term needs."
The Town led an initiative to create the Master Plan after a tornado
ripped through its historic downtown in August 2011. While funds from
other sources were available to rebuild after the tornado, funds to
plan for it were not.
The Town of Goderich invested more than $120,000 from the federal Gas
Tax Fund into the Plan which sets out a path to rebuild damaged
infrastructure and also provides a long-term vision for future growth.
The Plan is now in action and rebuilding efforts are ongoing with help
from the Ontario Disaster Relief Assistance Program (ODRAP) and private
sector donations and investments.
"In the aftermath of the tornado, Goderich understood that the way
forward for the community was going to take not only effort, but a
vision," said Russ Powers, AMO President. "The federal Gas Tax Fund was
a ready source of funding that the Town has used to build a path to
long-term sustainability and residents will benefit from the Master
Plan for years to come."
Canada's Gas Tax Fund is the only permanent and stable source of funding
for municipal infrastructure. It provides Ontario municipalities with
$746 million per year. AMO delivers the Fund to all Ontario
municipalities, except Toronto, twice a year, on a per capita basis. It
is invested in infrastructure that makes our communities safer, more
efficient and prosperous. You can learn more about the Gas Tax Fund in
Ontario by visiting www.gastaxatwork.ca or @GasTaxinOntario on Twitter.
AMO is a non-profit organization representing almost all of Ontario's
444 municipal governments. AMO supports and enhances strong and
effective municipal government in Ontario and promotes the value of
municipal government as a vital and essential component of Ontario and
Canada's political system.
SOURCE: Association of Municipalities of Ontario
For further information:
Brian Lambie, AMO Media Contact, 416-729-5425, firstname.lastname@example.org
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