Ontario has received approval from the federal government to move forward with funding for long-awaited road and bridge infrastructure projects in Huron-Bruce.
Huron-Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson (R) joined her federal and municipal funding partners, on behalf of Ontario’s Infrastructure Minister Laurie Scott, to make the announcement via Zoom online, Wednesday, July 8th.
“I’m happy that we have received federal government approval on the Huron-Bruce projects Ontario nominated last July,” said Thompson. “The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic has brought instability and uncertainty, but important investments in infrastructure, such as the ones being announced today, will help kick start our local economies.”
This announcement includes nearly $3 million of provincial funding towards three road and bridge infrastructure projects in Huron-Bruce. These projects are among the 144 projects nominated to the federal government for funding approval via the Rural and Northern stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program or ICIP last summer.
“I appreciate very much the support of the provincial government for this infrastructure project, especially given that it is an important bridge for Chepstow and area residents and businesses,” said Brockton Mayor Chris Peabody, “It is good to see the province does care about economic development in rural Ontario.”
The Ontario government is committed to working in collaboration with its federal counterparts and municipal partners to secure more funding approvals for the over 350 projects nominated to the federal government via ICIP.
All three tiers of government representatives met on Friday, July 10th, to officially begin the infrastructure program on the bridge in Chepstow.
Projects approved and Municipality Project Provincial funding:
- Town of Saugeen Shores McEwing Bridge Replacement: $792,430
- Bruce County Country Road 6 East A: $1,584,541
- Municipality of Brockton Replacement of Bridge 0013: $534,696
The Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program is a 10-year program that provides up to $30 billion in federal, provincial, and local investments in communities across the province.
Funding will be distributed between four streams:
- Rural and Northern
- Public Transit
- Community, Culture and Recreation
Ontario’s share per project will be up to 33.33 per cent, or about $10.2 billion spread across the four streams.