A funding boost to our local townships announced by the provincial government today, as MPP for Kitchener-Conestoga Mike Harris Jr. announced almost $1.9 million dollars in investments for infrastructure projects in the townships of Wellesley, Wilmot and Woolwich. Those funds made available through the Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund (OCIF) are said to come through the province’s continuing effort to support municipalities “as they build and repair roads, bridges, water and wastewater infrastructure."
In a release, MPP Harris Jr. said the funding will help local municipalities in moving forward with their infrastructure priorities and asset management planning needs in 2021. Of the nearly $1.9M investment, Wellesley will receive $518,917, Wilmot will be receiving $728,765 and $630,843 will go to Woolwich.
“This is part of my commitment to support our local municipalities and make our community the best place to live and grow.” said Harris.
Part of a larger investment effort, the funds come as part of the province’s approximately $200 million commitment to 424 communities to help address core infrastructure products and other planning needs this year. Also commenting on the province-wide effort was the Minister of Infrastructure Laurie Scott, who said the investment in infrastructure projects has the government “strengthening and building communities.”
“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.”
Funding through the Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund provides stable and predictable funding for rural and northern communities with populations under 100,000. The province also provides funding to communities through the Canada Infrastructure Program - a $30-billion, 10-year program shared between federal, provincial and municipal governments.