11/16/2012

Phase two of the Strategy makes available $51 million for critical infrastructure needs in municipalities.

On Thursday November 15, 2012 the Minister of Infrastructure and Transportation and the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, the Honourable Bob Chiarelli, announced the second phase of the Municipal Infrastructure Strategy.

Ontario municipalities are eligible to apply by January 9, 2013 for a portion of the $51 million for critical road, bridge, water and wastewater projects. All applications must demonstrate how the proposed project fits within a comprehensive asset management plan.

The funding announcement complements Phase One of the Municipal Infrastructure Strategy launched in August. Phase One invited applications from small, rural and northern municipalities for support for asset management planning. 

Ontario has made comprehensive asset management plans a requirement for all Broader Public Sector organizations seeking provincial funding for infrastructure projects. To ensure that all municipalities would be able to complete these and access funding, AMO advocated for asset management funding for municipalities that have capacity issues in completing these plans and funding to ensure that critical repairs and projects could be undertaken in the absence of major federal and provincial funding programs.  AMO is pleased that the Ontario Government has responded.

AMO will continue to advocate for sustained provincial and federal funding for municipal infrastructure priorities.