Toronto, Ontario, Sept 14, 2016 – The Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) welcomed a federal and provincial announcement today that will provide $840 million for municipal water, wastewater or stormwater projects, distributed on the basis of a funding formula, not an application basis. This funding will support all municipal governments in Ontario.

The federal government will provide 50 per cent funding, with 25 per cent matching funds from both provincial and municipal governments. In all, this will provide more than $1.1 billion to support these projects.  

 “This funding is great news for municipalities,” said AMO President Lynn Dollin. “It reflects how we can make progress together and also sets a great precedent for the cooperation we will need as we look forward to the next phase of federal funding.”

“Municipal drinking water, wastewater and storm water systems‎ ensure that the water we use and return to our lakes and rivers is clean,” said Jeff Lehman, Chair of the Large Urban Mayors Caucus of Ontario. “This funding helps communities facing growing demand, pressures from climate change and managing aging water infrastructure.”

Funding will be distributed to municipalities based on their proportion of water, wastewater and stormwater infrastructure. The funding will also have a base component of $50,000 federal and $25,000 provincial funds to provide an adequate level of funding for all municipalities. 

“This approach is a benefit to smaller, rural municipalities who don’t have time and money to invest in an uncertain application process,” said Ronald Holman, president of the Rural Ontario Municipal Association.  “Rural water, wastewater and storm water systems, which are so critical to safeguarding public health and the environment, must serve large, sparsely populated areas using limited financial resources.”

The federal Clean Water and Wastewater Fund (CWWF) provides $570 million to support maintenance and repair projects in Ontario. The Government of Ontario is providing $270 million in new funding as its contribution.  While projects are to be completed by March 2018, the federal Minister can accept some projects that are longer in length.

AMO is a non-profit organization representing almost all of Ontario’s 444 municipal governments. AMO supports 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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Infrastructure Funding Announcement Signing Bob Chiarelli Lynn Dollin Sohi Amarjeet 2016-09-14

From left to right: Bob Chiarelli, Minister of Infrastructure, Lynn Dollin, AMO President and Sohi Amarjeet, Minister of Infrastructure Canada