Key Agreement Opens Door to $724 million for Infrastructure Investment in Smaller Communities



    OTTAWA, Aug. 26 /CNW/ - The Association of Municipalities of Ontario
(AMO) today welcomed the signing of the Communities Component of the Building
Canada Fund, which will flow more than $724 million in infrastructure funding
to rural and small urban municipalities across Ontario. The signing, and
announcement of the Fund's first $200 million intake, was announced at the
2008 AMO Conference in Ottawa.
    "Municipal roads, drinking water systems, sport and culture facilities
and transit are the backbone of Ontario's communities," said Doug Reycraft,
President of AMO. "Together with the federal and provincial governments
Ontario municipalities will invest more than $1 billion in our smaller
communities for a better quality of life."
    Under the agreement, the Federal and Provincial governments will each
provide $362 million over 7 years to support community infrastructure
investment in Ontario municipalities that have less than 100,000 residents.
Receiving municipalities will also contribute a total of $362 million in
matching funds. Funding applications will be available to Ontario
municipalities on September 12, 2008. All applications will be reviewed by a
joint federal-provincial secretariat.
    Through the Communities Component, smaller Ontario municipalities are
able to seek funding through a competitive process for 17 categories of
infrastructure. Eligible projects must relate to drinking and wastewater
systems, public transit, green energy, disaster mitigation, solid waste
management, culture, sport, connectivity, local roads and core national
highways, short-sea shipping and shortline rail, local and regional airports,
tourism or brownfield redevelopment.
    The Canada-Ontario Infrastructure Framework Agreement under the Building
Canada Fund was signed on July 24th, 2008 in London, Ontario. That Agreement
set the terms under which $6.2 billion in provincial and federal
infrastructure funding would flow to Ontario municipalities. All funding under
the Building Canada Fund program is cost matched by federal, provincial and
municipal governments, resulting in $9.3 billion in infrastructure investment
in Ontario over seven years.
    AMO has been working on behalf of Ontario municipalities to advocate for
stable, predictable and long-term infrastructure funding that supports our
quality of life. The Building Canada Fund investment is one outcome of that
work.

    AMO is a non-profit organization representing almost all of Ontario's 445
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: Pat Vanini, AMO Executive Director, (416)
971-9856, ext. 316 or (416) 729-4394; Brian Lambie, AMO Media Contact, (416)
729-5425


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