09/19/2006

TORONTO, Ontario, September 19, 2006 – Doug Reycraft, President of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) welcomed today’s announcement that the Government of Ontario would invest an additional $75 million on rural infrastructure.
The announcement was as part of a $185 million investment for farmers and rural communities.

“This new funding will assist rural communities with much needed infrastructure investment,” said AMO President Doug Reycraft.  “We look forward to working with the provincial government on how this new funding can be used most effectively as we continue to work on a more sustainable provincial-municipal financial architecture.”  

AMO understands that the $75 million announced today for rural infrastructure is new, one-time funding that does not require matching municipal dollars.  Additional provincial funds such as this will help with the massive infrastructure deficit that all municipalities are facing, including Ontario’s rural-based governments.   Across Ontario, the municipal infrastructure gap is in the billions of dollars.  

“Provincial investment in rural communities builds a stronger Ontario,” said Doug Thompson, Chair of the Rural Ontario Municipal Association (ROMA).  “Municipal governments need an effective, long-term, sustainable funding approach that will help them plan and budget for infrastructure capital and maintenance.”  

AMO is a non-profit organization representing almost all of Ontario’s 445 municipal governments.  AMO supports and enhances strong and effective municipal government in Ontario and promotes the value of municipal government as a vital and essential component of Ontario and Canada’s political system.

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