02/25/2008

TORONTO, Ontario, February 25, 2008 – AMO President Doug Reycraft applauded the Ontario Government’s commitment to invest a further $150 million in municipal infrastructure priorities through its Municipal Infrastructure Investment Initiative (MIII).
AMO Welcomes Ontario’s $150 Million Infrastructure Investment 

News Release

TORONTO, Ontario, February 25, 2008 – Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) President Doug Reycraft today applauded the Ontario Government’s commitment to invest a further $150 million in municipal infrastructure priorities through its Municipal Infrastructure Investment Initiative (MIII).

Launched in Fall 2007, MIII initially allocated $300 million for municipal infrastructure priorities.  Today’s announcement increases the program’s funding to a total of $450 million.  

“Municipalities will apply this funding to toward some of the most pressing infrastructure needs in Ontario,” said AMO President Doug Reycraft.  “The Ontario Government deserves credit for recognizing the need for all three orders of government to invest in the infrastructure that supports Ontario’s economy, prosperity and quality of life.”   

Through a streamlined application process MIII is providing flexible funding for a broad range of municipal infrastructure priorities, without requiring matching funding from municipal governments.  Municipalities will use the funding to build and repair roads and bridges, and to invest in core municipal services, such as safe drinking water, environmental protection, and parks and recreation facilities. 

The funding will be allocated to existing applications, submitted to the Province on or before February 15, and the Province will provide funding to eligible municipalities prior to March 31. 

AMO is a non-profit association of municipal governments in Ontario.  AMO’s 400 plus member municipal governments govern and provide key services to about 10 million Ontarians and one in three Canadians.
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