Today Minister of State for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario, the Honourable Gary Goodyear, launched the Ontario allocation of the Community Infrastructure Investment Fund (CIIF). The Fund provides $49.6 million over two years for the repair and upgrade of community and recreational facilities across the province.

CIIF was announced in March 2012 in the federal budget and is being administered across Canada by the federal government’s regional development agencies. Budget 2012 set aside $150 million over two years for community infrastructure investments.

Municipal and First Nations governments and non-profit organizations can apply for funding for repairs and upgrades to community and recreation facilities such as: adding ramps to improve accessibility to a facility, adding a roof to an outdoor rink or extending a trail or bike path are eligible. Priority will be given to projects that can demonstrate anticipated economic benefits to their communities and the use of new technologies and innovation.

Funding will be cost shared and recipients may receive funding of up to $1 million for a project and up to 50 per cent of the project’s total value, however, in Ontario priority may be given to projects that require a federal contribution of 33.3 per cent. All projects must be completed before March 31, 2014.

Ontario municipalities own and operate more infrastructure than any other order of government within the province. Municipal governments need an additional $6 billion per year for ten years to make up the difference between what they spend and what they need to spend to account for repairs, maintenance and growth. Municipal property tax payers cannot do it alone and predictable, long term funding is needed to help plan for and bridge that gap.

The Community Infrastructure Investment Fund announced today will provide support to municipalities in Ontario to fund improvements to their recreational and community centres. This funding is welcomed. AMO also looks forward to working with the federal government to reflect municipal needs as it develops its Long Term Infrastructure Plan to replace the Building Canada Plan.

Further information on eligibility and how to apply is available on the Fed Dev web site. Completed applications must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. EDT on August 24, 2012.


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