02/20/2008

The Ministry of Public Infrastructure Renewal released a preliminary profile of the funding applications received for the MIII.
Background:

On December 13, 2007 Finance Minister Dwight Duncan announced provincial funding for infrastructure to the Ontario Legislature in his Fall Economic Statement. Funding dedicated to municipal infrastructure, the Municipal Infrastructure Investment Initiative (MIII), provided $300 million to support all types of municipally-owned infrastructure, excluding public transit which is supported through other provincial programs.

The MIII application period for funding closed on February 15, 2008, and the Ministry of Public Infrastructure Renewal (PIR) has released preliminary results for the applications process. At the program’s close results indicate that:

  • more than 450 applications were submitted;
  • funding of almost $750M was requested from the province;
  • eligible projects costs for all applications are valued at over $1.0 billion.
PIR indicates that most municipal funding requests were for projects that address local priorities including bridges and roads, water and wastewater, sports, recreational and cultural facilities. 

The government is currently reviewing the applications and will make funding announcements no later than March 31, 2008.
 
Action: 

For your information. AMO will continue to advocate for sustainable, predictable, long-term provincial and federal funding for municipal infrastructure in Ontario.