Fort Frances is receiving $682,000 from the Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund (OCIF) to assist in building and reparing roads, bridges, water and wastewater infrastructure.
Rainy River is getting $145,000 while Emo secured $64,000 and Morely, La Vallee, Dawson, Chapple, and Alberton each get $50,000,
This year, Kenora—Rainy River will receive more than $3 million across 15 municipalities, to address their local community infrastructure needs.
“As MPP for Kenora-Rainy River, I am upholding my 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," said MPP Greg Rickford. "This funding will help build and repair roads, bridges, water and wastewater infrastructure in our community.”
“The City of Kenora is thankful for the important funding that our provincial government provides to municipalities like the Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund. This type of funding invests in our critical infrastructure needs which is essential to ensuring these projects can proceed. Minister Rickford continues to demonstrate his commitment to the City of Kenora, and Northwestern Ontario through investments in our community to help build a stronger Kenora,” said Kenora Mayor Dan Reynard.
“The ongoing support of funding, provided through the Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund, has enabled the Township of Emo to complete projects that are essential to our municipality. In 2019 this funding was used to make essential upgrades to the Water Treatment Plant and in 2020 this funding will once again be used to enable Emo to complete essential infrastructure upgrades,” said Mayor Harold McQuaker.
“The Township of Ignace is committed to achieving required investments for the improvement of performance and asset lifecycles as it pertains to our aging, critical infrastructure. Such responsible stewardship of our water and wastewater systems is essential to protecting the health and safety of our community. These investments are also crucial to our economic development and growth aspirations”, Mayor Don Cunningham.
Total investment in communities across Kenora - Rainy River are as follows:
This funding is a part of Ontario's approximately $200 million commitment to 424 communities addressing their core infrastructure projects and asset management planning needs 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. "With this OCIF funding we are working directly with our municipal partners to deliver community infrastructure.”
Recognizing that municipalities have different infrastructure needs, the province uses a transparent formula that examines various social and economic factors to determine funding allocations across the province.