Communities in Ontario's unincorporated areas to receive nearly $5.8 million for road improvements

    OTTAWA, June 20 /CNW Telbec/ - Ontario's unincorporated areas will
receive $5,742,000 in federal gas tax funding for public road improvements.
    The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and
Communities and the Honourable John Gerretsen, Ontario Minister of Municipal
Affairs and Housing, announced the signing of an amendment to a five-year
agreement on gas tax funding that the Government of Canada, the Province of
Ontario, the Association of Municipalities of Ontario and the City of Toronto
signed in 2005. The Government of Canada will transfer year one and year two
funding immediately for Local Roads Boards' projects.
    "Canada's New Government is committed to helping communities in Ontario's
unincorporated areas meet their infrastructure priorities," said
Minister Cannon. "This funding will be invested in public roads in rural and
remote areas in Ontario that are so critical to life in these areas."
    "Through this amended agreement, unincorporated communities will now also
receive gas tax funds from the federal government," said Minister Gerretsen.
"The province has enabled Ontario municipalities to work directly with the
federal government to determine how to allocate $1.8 billion for
infrastructure needs."
    In order to reach the greatest number of residents in unincorporated
areas, the funding is allocated based on the kilometres of public roads
managed by the Local Roads Boards, and will help to address local
infrastructure priorities. In Ontario, unincorporated areas represent those
parts of the province without municipal organization. Through the agreement,
the Government of Canada will provide a total of over $3.1 million to the
northeast region of Ontario and over $2.6 million to the northwest. In total,
196 unincorporated areas will benefit. Eligible projects include culvert
replacements, brushing and clearing, ditching, road realignments, resurfacing,
safety improvements and other improvements.
    Through these partnerships, all orders of government and communities are
working together to improve the quality of life of Canadians.

For further information:

For further information: Natalie Sarafian, Office of Lawrence Cannon,
Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, (613) 991-0700; Patti
Munce, Minister Gerretsen's Office, (416) 585-6333; Infrastructure Canada,
Communications Directorate, (613) 948-1148

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