Oro-Medonte Celebrates Government of Canada Grant

    ORO, ON, July 16 /CNW/ - Bruce Stanton, Member of Parliament for Simcoe
North, was in Oro-Medonte today to celebrate the $216,073 Ontario Potable
Water Program (OPWP) grant awarded to the Township.
    The OPWP, announced in February 2008, provides up to $50 million in
financial support to promote local economic development in municipalities that
have experienced increased costs for their Canada-Ontario Infrastructure
Program (COIP) water projects to comply with changes to Ontario drinking water
    "Supporting the local economy is one of the ways the Government of Canada
is helping to build strong communities and a strong Canada," said MP Stanton.
    "This grant has gone a long way towards enhancing economic development in
a rural municipality like Oro-Medonte," said Harry S. Hughes, Mayor of the
Township of Oro-Medonte.
    Municipalities may be considered for financial support under the program
upon completion of their COIP drinking water projects. As projects are
completed, Industry Canada officials will contact these municipalities
directly to confirm their eligibility and interest in applying for the OPWP.
Once applications are assessed, municipalities will be informed and grants
will be announced. Financial support under the OPWP must be delivered to
municipalities by March 31, 2011.
    For more information on the OPWP, please visit www.ic.gc.ca.

For further information:

For further information: Laryssa Waler, Press Secretary, Office of the
Honourable Tony Clement, (613) 957-0200; Media Relations, Industry Canada,
(613) 943-2502

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