08/21/2014

London, Ontario, August 20, 2014 – The Region of Durham received an honourable mention at the 2014 AMO Gas Tax Awards.
Peter Braid, Parliamentary Secretary for Infrastructure and Communities and Member of Parliament for Kitchener-Waterloo presented the award on stage on August 19 to Roger Anderson, Chair and CEO of Durham Region.

The AMO Gas Tax Awards celebrate excellence in the use of the federal Gas Tax Fund. Winning projects improve local quality of life and contribute to a cleaner environment.   

“The Durham York Energy Centre is an innovative project that will process waste into energy,” said Roger Anderson, Chair and CEO of Durham Region. “I am proud that the Region has been recognized with an honourable mention at the AMO Gas Tax Awards.”  

When the energy from waste facility goes online this fall, it will process 140,000 tonnes of post-diversion, non-hazardous waste each year. This will reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill and also generate enough energy to power about 10,000 homes. In total, Durham Region dedicated $213 million of federal Gas Tax funds toward their portion of the total project cost of about $285 million. A majority of these funds will be used to pay back the loan needed for construction. Since the federal Gas Tax Fund is permanent, and predictable, the Region was able to plan over the long-term.

“Durham Region directed their federal Gas Tax Fund allocation to a project that meets the needs of the community,” said Russ Powers, past AMO President. “The ability to bank Gas Tax funding in municipal reserves and pay back debt for large projects allows municipalities to direct the funding exactly where it is needed the most”

The federal Gas Tax Fund is one of the only permanent and stable sources of funding for municipal infrastructure. It provides Ontario municipalities with $744 million per year of entitlement based funding. AMO delivers the Fund to all Ontario municipalities, except Toronto, twice a year, on a per capita basis. It is invested in infrastructure that makes our communities safer, more efficient and prosperous. Gas Tax awards were also delivered to the City of London for its Regional Materials Recovery Facility and the Town of Collingwood for improvements to its transit fleet.

You can learn more about the Gas Tax Fund in Ontario by visiting www.gastaxatwork.ca or @GasTaxinOntario on Twitter.

AMO is a non-profit organization representing almost all of Ontario’s 444 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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