Ontario communities to benefit from more than $1 billion in infrastructure investments



    QUEEN'S PARK, Feb. 13 /CNW/ -

    NEWS

    The Honourable John Baird, Canada's Transport, Infrastructure and
Communities Minister and the Honourable George Smitherman, Ontario's Deputy
Premier and Minister of Energy and Infrastructure, today announced more than
$1 billion for 289 infrastructure projects in Ontario communities with
populations of fewer than 100,000 people. These projects across the province
will create jobs, help stimulate the economy and improve the quality of life
of Ontarians.
    "Today we are investing in the heart of Ontario and Canada," said
Minister Baird. "We are delivering results to Ontarians in these difficult
economic times by building roads, bridges and water systems. These important
investments will create jobs and help our economy now and for years to come."
    "Strengthening Ontario's infrastructure backbone will boost the fiscal
health of communities and improve the daily quality of life of residents
across this province," said Minister Smitherman. "These projects will put
Ontario on a more solid footing to tackle our challenges and forge a brighter
future."
    Today, the federal and provincial governments have taken steps to get
shovels in the ground and to flow money faster for targeted infrastructure
projects. The governments of Canada and Ontario are providing up to two-thirds
of the funding for eligible project costs while municipalities provide the
remaining one-third of project costs.
    "Investing in municipal infrastructure is an investment in jobs,
productivity and prosperity," said Peter Hume, President of the Association of
Municipalities of Ontario. "Ontario and Canada recognize that Ontario
municipalities are prepared to put this investment to work right away."
    "Building a strong and healthy country starts at the community level,"
said Tony Clement, Minister of Industry. "In the midst of global economic
uncertainty, these strategic investments in our communities show that our
Government is taking action to boost our economy and help create a better
future for Ontarians and for Canadians."
    "We're creating jobs for families and making our communities stronger by
investing in infrastructure in rural Ontario," said Leona Dombrowsky, Ontario
Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. "This is another example of
how the McGuinty government is keeping Ontario moving with targeted
investments that matter to people in their everyday lives."
    A list of funded projects is available in the Intake One backgrounder.

    
    LEARN MORE

    Get more information about the Communities Component
(http://bcfontario.ca/english/communities/index.php).

    Contact the BCF-CC Joint Secretariat
(http://bcfontario.ca/english/contact/index.php).

     Learn how the Government of Canada is investing in Ontario
infrastructure.
    (http://www.buildingcanada-chantierscanada.gc.ca/regions/on/on-eng.html)

    Learn how the Government of Ontario is helping to build and revitalize
infrastructure across the province.  
(http://www.mei.gov.on.ca/english/infrastructure/)

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    BACKGROUNDER
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              IMPROVING INFRASTRUCTURE IN ONTARIO'S COMMUNITIES
    

    Infrastructure investment stimulates economic growth, creates jobs,
supports a cleaner environment and enhances the overall prosperity of
Ontarians.
    In the summer of 2008, Ontario signed the Building Canada Plan Framework
Agreement with the federal government. Under this agreement, Ontario receives
$3.09 billion as part of the Building Canada Fund. Ontario's matching
contribution results in a $6 billion investment towards revitalizing the
province's infrastructure.

    
    The Building Canada Fund is divided into two components:

    -   The Communities Component, where the federal and provincial
        governments work in partnership with municipalities in communities
        with 100,000 or fewer residents - each contributing to project
        funding on a 1/3, 1/3, 1/3 share basis, and;

    -   The Major Infrastructure Component for larger strategic projects of
        national and regional significance.
    

    Listed below is a breakdown of the recipients of Intake One of the
Communities Component funding by region. Nearly 85 per cent of project
applications were approved for funding. The governments of Canada and Ontario
are contributing a total of more than $670 million under this first intake.

    http://www.bcfontario.ca/english/news/pdfs/b20090213-eng.pdf





For further information:

For further information: Chris Day, Office of the Honourable John Baird,
(613) 991-0700; Amy Tang, Office of the Honourable George Smitherman,
(416)327-6747

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