Infrastructure support welcomed
NOMA WELCOMES NEW PROVINCIAL INFRASTRUCTURE SUPPORT FOR SMALL NORTHERN MUNICIPALITIES
August 17, 2012
KENORA – On Thursday, the Ontario Government announced its new Municipal Infrastructure Investment Initiative, which will provide $60 million over the next three years. Up to $9 million will be used to help small and rural communities under 20,000 population prepare asset management plans that will prioritize infrastructure needs within each community. The remaining funds will be used to address critical projects identified in those plans.
“NOMA welcomes this new funding program as it will be extremely beneficial to small communities across the Northwest,” says NOMA Executive Vice President David Canfield, Mayor of Kenora.
“The Government has told us that asset management plans will be a requirement for future capital funding requests but, until now, many of our municipalities have been unable to complete this important planning due to resource restraints. These funds to support asset management planning are greatly needed and appreciated.”
Canfield continues,”We also welcome the announcement that there will be up to $51 million available for critical projects over the next three years. This is a great first step to addressing the infrastructure challenges in our municipalities.”
NOMA represents the interests of 37 municipalities from Kenora and Rainy River in the west to Hornepayne and Wawa in the east. It provides leadership in advocating regional interests to all orders of government and other organizations.