AMO Welcomes Infrastructure and Housing Emphasis in Federal Budget



    TORONTO, Jan. 27 /CNW/ - The Association of Municipalities of Ontario
(AMO) today welcomed a Federal Budget that would invest substantial new
funding into infrastructure throughout Ontario.
    "Ontario municipalities are anxious to work with the Federal and
Provincial government to invest in infrastructure that will boost our economy
and create jobs," said Peter Hume, President of the Association of
Municipalities of Ontario.
    The Budget includes significant additional infrastructure funding
including a $4 billion Infrastructure Stimulus Fund for roads, clean water
systems and public transit; $2 billion for social housing construction and
repairs; an additional $500 million earmarked for rural and small urban
municipalities; a new $500 million fund for recreational facilities; and
$225-million over three years to extend broadband coverage.
    "The Budget presents an opportunity for municipalities to determine how
new funds can be put to work in their communities, consistent with their
infrastructure needs and capital plans," said Hume. "The challenge will be to
move as quickly as possible and we are committed to making it work in the
interest of communities."
    AMO advocated strongly for additional federal investment in municipal
infrastructure. New funding for roads, water systems, public transit, social
housing, recreation and broadband coverage responds directly to the greatest
needs of Ontario municipalities and will strengthen Ontario's competiveness
and productivity.

    AMO is a non-profit organization representing almost all of Ontario's 444
municipal governments. AMO supports 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.





For further information:

For further information: Brian Lambie, AMO Media Contact, (416)
729-5425


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