County’s OCIF funding remains static in 2021

Bay of Quinte MPP Todd Smith. (Desirée Decoste/Gazette Staff)

JASON PARKS

STAFF WRITER

An envelope of infrastructure funding heading to Prince Edward County from provincial coffers will be no lighter but no heavier than a year ago.

Bay of Quinte MPP Todd Smith  announced earlier this week Quinte area municipalities will receive more than $8.5 million through the Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund  (OCIF) to address their local community infrastructure needs including roads, bridges, water and wastewater infrastructure.

The OCIF provides stable and predictable funding for communities with populations under 100,000, along with all rural and northern communities.

Prince Edward County’s share in the 2021 round of funding was announced at $1.147 million.

“This funding addresses our government’s commitment to support our local municipalities in making the Bay of Quinte area the best place to live and grow. We know that projects to create and renew local infrastructure will create jobs and serve to attract economic growth and investment,” said Smith.

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.

Total investment in communities across Bay of Quinte are as follows:

  • City of Belleville* ………………………………………………………………………………………………………  $3,232,839
  • County of Hastings*………………………………………………………………………………………………………… $50,000
  • County of Prince Edward……………………………………………………………………………………………. $1,147,499
  • City of Quinte West….………………………………………………………………………………………………….$4,157,747

Total investment in local municipalities……………………………………………………………………………………$8,588,085

*- Municipalities shared with Hastings Lennox and Addington riding.

The funding above is a part of Ontario’s approximately $200 million commitment to 424 communities to help them address their core infrastructure projects and asset management planning needs in 2021. Municipalities may accumulate their OCIF funding for up to five years to address larger infrastructure projects.

“By investing in infrastructure projects across the province, we are strengthening and building communities,” added Laurie Scott, Minister of Infrastructure. “This is part of our ongoing commitment to support small, rural and northern municipalities across Ontario, providing stable funding needed to build long-term economic resilience.”