Communities Asked: What Would You Fix First?

    McGuinty Government Funding Local Priorities

    GUELPH, ON, Jan. 14 /CNW/ - Municipalities can now apply for a share of
new provincial funding to fix roads, bridges, community centres and other
public facilities.
    "Local investments mean local benefits," said Public Infrastructure
Renewal Minister David Caplan. "This new program supports a strong and
resilient economy, continued growth and better quality of life in communities
across Ontario."
    The McGuinty government's $300-million Municipal Infrastructure
Investment Initiative will help communities restore and revitalize public
infrastructure. This could result in safer local roads and bridges, cleaner,
safer water, better waste management systems, upgraded sports, recreation and
community centres, and more, to provide both public facilities and services
that make Ontario an attractive place to live, work, and invest.
    "This investment shows our government's commitment to strengthen Ontario
communities and renew public infrastructure," said Municipal Affairs and
Housing Minister Jim Watson. "We will continue to work in partnership with
municipalities to support important local infrastructure priorities."
    "This additional funding recognizes the significant need for investment
in municipal infrastructure," said Doug Reycraft, President, Association of
Municipalities of Ontario. "Investing in municipal infrastructure today will
support an improved quality of life for all Ontarians and the future
prosperity of our communities and our province."
    The Municipal Infrastructure Investment Initiative builds on the success
of ReNew Ontario - the most ambitious public infrastructure undertaking to
take place in the province in a generation.
    All applications will be evaluated to ensure projects meet provincial
priorities and have a positive impact on the local community. The application
deadline is Friday, February 15, 2008.
    Application forms and program guidelines are available at

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For further information:

For further information: Anne Dunderdale, Ministry of Public
Infrastructure Renewal, (416) 325-1810; Amy Tang, Minister's Office Public
Infrastructure Renewal, (416) 325-4048; Brian Lambie, Association of
Municipalities of Ontario, (416) 729-5425; Adam Grachnik, Minister's Office
Municipal Affairs and Housing, (416) 585-6492

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