Building Ontario with Investments in Small, Rural and Northern Communities

Dec 9 2021

Province supports economic growth and job creation with additional funding for critical infrastructure in Dufferin-Caledon

Dufferin-Caledon: The Ontario government is providing additional help to build and repair local infrastructure in Dufferin-Caledon. This investment is part of the government’s plan to build Ontario by getting shovels in the ground on critical infrastructure projects that support economic recovery, growth and job creation.

Sylvia Jones, MPP for Dufferin-Caledon is pleased to announce a significant increase for Dufferin-Caledon with communities receiving more than $7.6 million in 2022, across 10 municipalities to address local community infrastructure needs.

“Our government appreciates how important it is that community infrastructure remains safe and reliable, and that local municipalities have what they need to create jobs, attract economic growth, and provide services that we rely on every day.” said Jones. “This substantial increase in funding in 2022 will help build and repair roads, bridges, water and wastewater infrastructure across Dufferin-Caledon.”

Municipality 2021 Grant 2022 Grant
County of Dufferin $425,342 $911,292
Town of Caledon $1,413,316 $3,144,160
Town of Grand Valley $119,067 $239,926
Town of Mono $206,047 $449,565
Town of Orangeville $816,152 $1,706,698
Town of Shelburne $260,842 $589,107
Township of Amaranth $98,473 $195,055
Township of East Garafraxa $50,000 $111,761
Township of Melancthon $50,000 $108,537
Township of Mulmur $54,516 $148,507

Today’s announcement is part of the government’s additional $1 billion investment to help build and repair roads, bridges, water and wastewater infrastructure in small, rural and northern communities. The multi-year funding is being delivered through the Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund (OCIF) and will bring the government’s total investment to nearly $2 billion over the next five years.

“Our small, rural and northern communities will be at the forefront of our efforts to build Ontario for the future,” said Premier Doug Ford. “With this investment, we are saying ‘yes’ to helping these communities build and repair the vital infrastructure they need to keep their communities working for decades to come.”

Funding allocations will be based on a formula that recognizes the different needs and economic conditions of communities across the province. The new formula will include an increased funding minimum of $100,000 for all communities per year, up from $50,000 over previous years.

“Communities are the heartbeat of this province and we know they are facing unique infrastructure needs and challenges, especially as we navigate through the pandemic,” said Kinga Surma, Minister of Infrastructure. “Our government has been with them every step of the way. When we were told more funding supports were needed, we listened and acted in a meaningful way by providing the largest OCIF increase since the start of the program. By doing so, we’re providing stability and predictability to small, rural and northern communities to repair, upgrade, and modernize their critical infrastructure so that they are safer, healthier, and more reliable for all.”

The Province’s investment in OCIF is part of the 2021 Ontario Economic Outlook and Fiscal Review: Build Ontario. The plan lays out how the government will build Ontario’s future with shovels in the ground for highways, hospitals, long-term care, housing, and high-speed internet. To ensure all families, workers and businesses in the province have a better and brighter future, our government’s planned infrastructure investments over the next decade total more than $148 billion.