Canada and Ontario Announce Funding for $1 Billion for Small Town and Rural Infrastructure Projects



    TORONTO, Feb. 13 /CNW/ - The Association of Municipalities of Ontario
(AMO) today welcomed a joint federal-provincial announcement of projects
approved for funding from the Communities Component of the Building Canada
Fund, and a dramatic increase in the amount of funding approved.
    "$1 billion in project approvals responds directly to AMO's advocacy to
increase the funding available for this round of applications," said Peter
Hume, President of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario. "This
enhanced investment in infrastructure in rural and small urban municipalities
will boost our economy and create jobs."
    Under the Communities Component of the Building Canada Fund, the federal
government, the province and municipalities each provide equal funding for
infrastructure projects in communities with populations of fewer than 100,000
people.
    This announcement concludes an intake of project applications that
concluded late last year. Its original goal was to fund a total of $300
million in infrastructure projects. In talks with the federal and provincial
governments, AMO urged Canada and Ontario to increase this amount and to put
the funding to work in Ontario communities as quickly as possible.
    "Ontario municipalities of all sizes are struggling with a massive
infrastructure deficit that undermines Ontario's competitiveness and
productivity," said Hume. "Investing in municipal infrastructure is an
investment in jobs and prosperity. Canada and Ontario recognize that Ontario
municipalities are prepared to put this investment to work right away."

    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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