MAXVILLE — Local municipalities have been awarded millions of dollars through the Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund (OCIF) — money intended for roads, bridges, and water and wastewater systems.
This year, the riding of Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry (S-D-SG) will receive more than $3.5 million across seven municipalities to address their local community infrastructure needs.
Local Tory MPP Jim McDonell said the funding represented his “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.”
Frank Prevost, Warden of the United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry (SDG), thanked the province on behalf of the upper-tier municipality and its six constituent townships, noting that “investing in infrastructure is integral to helping our communities to thrive and to support economic growth while ensuring our communities have safe and solid infrastructure.”
Newly minted Liberal MPP Amanda Simard’s neighbouring riding of Glengarry-Prescott-Russell — which overlaps into SDG’s municipal footprint — will collect nearly $3.9-million.
Sums allocated to the individual municipalities of S-D-SG include:
Township of North Stormont — $119,449
Township of North Dundas — $274,880
Township of South Stormont — $314,843
Township of South Glengarry — $333,052
Township of South Dundas — $418,782
United Counties of SDG — $965,532
City of Cornwall — $1,082,340
Sums allocated to the individual municipalities of Glengarry-Prescott-Russell include:
Township of East Hawkesbury — $56,261
Township of Champlain — $136,778
Village of Casselman — $183,318
Township of North Glengarry — $204,790
Township of Alfred and Plantagenet — $296,569
Municipality of The Nation — $417,421
City of Clarence-Rockland — $591,090
Township of Russell — $633,517
Town of Hawkesbury — $653,336
United Counties of Prescott and Russell — $718,078.
The funding comprises part of the province’s approximately $200-million allocated to Ontario’s 424 communities 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, in a press release. “With this OCIF funding we are working directly with our municipal partners to deliver community infrastructure.”
The province says it uses a “straightforward and transparent formula that examines various social and economic factors to determine funding allocations across the province.” Communities with populations under 100,000 — as well as all rural and northern communities — are recipients of OCIF dollars.