07/03/2009

The Governments of Canada and Ontario announced funding under Recreational Infrastructure Canada program in Ontario (RInC Ontario) and the Ontario Recreation Program (Ontario REC).

Communities across Ontario will benefit from more than $380 million in joint federal and provincial investments in public infrastructure through 758 approved projects to upgrade and renew existing recreational infrastructure.

Local announcements are being made over a ten day period. A list of approved projects is to be made available on July 6, 2009  on the Recreational Infrastructure Ontario website.

Background:

The Federal 2009 Budget included $500 million for the Recreational Infrastructure Canada program to support upgrading and renewal of recreational facilities in communities across Canada. The federal allocation for Ontario is $195 million. The Province of Ontario matched that funding in the 2009 Ontario Budget for the Ontario Recreation Program. Municipalities as proponents will fund one-third contributions to these projects. 

AMO has been advised that demand for project funding through the application process significantly exceeded the available funding. 

For additional information about these programs, please visit www.rinc-on.ca 

Action:

AMO will keep members informed of the status of RInC Ontario and Ontario REC. AMO continues to advocate for additional long-term, sustainable municipal infrastructure funding for municipalities in every part of Ontario.