Province allocates $1.147 million for County infrastructure repair and renewal

ROAD WORK AHEAD- A washout of shoreline along County Rd 12 on Athol Bay in 2019. (Mitch McKibbon/For The Gazette)
JASON PARKS

STAFF WRITER

The County of Prince Edward is getting $1.147 Million from the Government of Ontario for infrastrucue renewal and rehabilitation.

Bay of Quinte MPP Todd Smith announced Friday the municipality’s portion is part of his government’s investment in small, rural and northern communities through the Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund.

“The County of Prince Edward appreciates the Province’s ongoing commitment to investing in critical local infrastructure, especially in rural communities like ours. Our residents count on us to deliver affordable and high-quality infrastructure,” Count Mayor Steve Ferguson said in a statement.  “Predictable and stable funding through the Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund is key as we look to repair and improve our roads, bridges, and water and wastewater infrastructure.”

The amount coming to Prince Edward County, part of over $8.5 million coming to the Quinte region to address local infrastructure needs, is up slightly from 2019.

The OCIF funding can be used to build and repair roads, bridges, water and wastewater infrastructure.

“As MPP for Bay of Quinte, I am upholding my commitment to support our local municipalities by creating jobs, attracting economic growth and investment, and making our community the best place to live and grow,” stated Smith.

This funding is a part of Ontario’s approximately $200-million commitment to 424 communities, addressing their core infrastructure projects and asset management planning needs in 2020.

“This investment provides the predictable and stable infrastructure funding small, rural, and northern municipalities have asked for,” said Laurie Scott, Minister of Infrastructure. “With this OCIF funding, we are working directly with our municipal partners to deliver community infrastructure.”

Recognizing that municipalities have different infrastructure needs, the province uses a straightforward and transparent formula that examines various social and economic factors to determine funding allocations across the province.