McGuinty Government Helps Rural And Northern Communities



    Funding Benefits 52 Municipalities Across Ontario

    HAVELOCK, ON, March 30 /CNW/ - The McGuinty government is investing
$25 million to support rural and northern Ontario communities, Transportation
Minister Donna Cansfield announced today.
    "Our government understands how important it is to support rural and
northern communities," said Cansfield. "This investment will help
municipalities respond to local challenges and improve the quality of life for
people in communities throughout Ontario."
    Through this year's provincial budget, the Ontario government is
providing 52 municipalities with one-time Connecting Link grants totalling
$25 million that may be used for municipal roads. Funding was distributed
based on Connecting Link proposals submitted by municipalities.
    A Connecting Link is a municipal road that connects two ends of a
provincial highway through an urban municipality. Last year, the Ontario
government invested $14.4 million to fund 37 construction projects on local
roads that connect to provincial highways.
    "This is great news for Havelock, Belmont and Methuen," added
Peterborough MPP Jeff Leal. "Our community received more than $464,000. This
investment will directly benefit those who live, work or travel here."
    "Our government recognizes that local residents - especially in rural and
northern areas - need safe and reliable infrastructure," noted Cansfield.
"These investments will improve safety, create jobs, encourage economic growth
and keep communities strong."
    Since 2003 the McGuinty government has invested $4.5 billion in Ontario's
highways, roads and bridges and $3.6 billion in public transit. This year,
Ontario will also invest $992 million in transit systems and more than
$1.7 billion in highways.

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    Backgrounder
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                       PROVINCIAL FUNDING ALLOCATIONS

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    Municipality                                                  Funding ($)
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    Aylmer                                                            96,734
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    Bancroft                                                          82,500
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    Barrie                                                           776,250
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    Black River Matheson                                              29,700
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    Blue Mountains                                                   720,000
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    Bonnechere Valley                                                286,300
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    Brantford                                                         33,750
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    Burk's Falls                                                      14,652
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    Central Huron (Clinton)                                           36,224
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    Centre Hastings                                                  762,300
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    Chatham-Kent                                                   1,627,500
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    Collingwood                                                        1,149
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    Cornwall                                                         190,459
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    County of Prince Edward                                          703,800
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    Dryden                                                           385,335
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    Elliot Lake                                                    1,666,500
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    Fort Frances                                                     819,905
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    Goderich                                                         751,500
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    Guelph                                                           281,250
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    Haldimand County                                                  86,984
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    Halton Hills                                                     135,000
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    Havelock, Belmont and Methuen                                    464,200
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    Hearst                                                               718
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    Innisfil                                                         391,500
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    Kapuskasing                                                    1,350,000
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    Kawartha Lakes                                                   270,000
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    Kirkland Lake                                                    414,999
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    Lambton Shores                                                   216,000
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    Loyalist                                                          56,870
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    Madawaska Valley                                                 258,500
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    Marmora and Lake                                                 155,000
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    Mattawa                                                        3,036,000
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    Meaford                                                        1,377,000
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    Minto                                                            312,000
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    Northeastern Manitoulin & the Islands                            495,000
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    Owen Sound                                                       187,500
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    Pembroke                                                          85,208
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    Renfrew                                                           91,822
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    Saugeen Shores  (Port Elgin)                                     158,458
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    Sault Ste. Marie                                               1,373,250
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    Stratford                                                      1,065,505
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    Tillsonburg                                                      171,000
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    Timmins                                                          412,327
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    Tweed                                                            176,000
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    Twp of Chatsworth                                                 10,306
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    Twp of Lucan Biddulph                                            681,146
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    Twp of Wellington North                                          420,000
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    Twp. of Champlain                                                 30,000
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    West Grey (Durham)                                               941,820
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    West Nipissing                                                   990,000
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    West Perth                                                        54,000
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    Windsor                                                          225,000
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For further information:

For further information: Jamie Rilett, Minister's Office, (416)
327-9134; Bob Nichols, Communications Branch, Ministry of Transportation,
(416) 327-1158

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