Local municipalities get infrastructure funding

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The municipalities of North Renfrew will receive more than $240,000 this year in formula-based infrastructure funding from the province of Ontario.

Deep River will receive the lion’s share of the funding at $141,110.

Laurentian Hills will get $50,158 while the townships of Head, Clara, Maria will receive $50,000, the minimum under the funding program.

All three amounts are the same as 2020.

Laurie Scott, Minister of Infrastructure, announced the funding Monday as part of a $200-million investment in municipalities through the 2021 Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund (OCIF).

Scott said the 2021 OCIF funding will help 424 small, rural and northern communities build and repair roads, bridges, water and wastewater infrastructure.

“COVID-19 has created challenges for everyone, including our municipal partners,” said Scott.

“By making this stable, predictable investment, our government is not only improving critical infrastructure, we are strengthening local economies, creating jobs and laying the foundation for our long-term recovery.”

The province said OCIF helps eligible communities invest in local infrastructure and asset management planning to address their priority needs.

The province uses a formula to distribute funding, recognizing that municipalities have different infrastructure needs.

The formula takes into account factors like the amount of “core infrastructure” owned by the municipality, weighted property assessment and median household income.

Municipalities may accumulate their formula-based grants for up to five years. For example, grant funding received in 2021 must be spent by December 31, 2025.

Funding varies widely across Renfrew County. Petawawa, for example, will receive $401,999 this year, while the town of Renfrew will get $842,742.

Arnprior will receive $571,467 while the township of Bonnechere Valley has been allocated $267,355.

Overall, municipalities in Renfrew – Nipissing – Pembroke will receive more than $6 million to address their local community infrastructure needs.

“This critical funding will help build and repair local roads, bridges, water and wastewater infrastructure,” said MPP John Yakabuski.

“These projects will lay the foundation for a strong economic recovery in Renfrew – Nipissing – Pembroke as it will create jobs, stimulate economic growth, attract investment, and make our community an even better place to live and grow.”

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