GRAND VALLEY — The Government of Canada, the Government of Ontario and municipal leaders today announced funding under Intake Two of the Canada-Ontario Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund (COMRIF) to build strong and sustainable communities.
"Canada's new government supports working with the other levels of government to get things done. There is a need to make these infrastructure improvements, and we are proud to step up and help," said David Tilson, MP for Dufferin–Caledon. "By investing in these projects, we are investing in the individuals and families that live in these communities."
"Our province's infrastructure is essential to our well-being and our quality of life," said Leona Dombrowsky, Ontario Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. "Through COMRIF, the McGuinty government is delivering results that can be seen across rural Ontario."
The Government of Canada's contributions are contingent on the successful completion of an environmental assessment of the proposed projects under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act.
The governments of Canada and Ontario will each invest up to $2,962,500 to construct a water pollution control plant. The Township of East Luther Grand Valley will contribute the balance of the total eligible project cost of up to $8,887,500. The project will involve constructing a new water pollution control plant equipped with a new pumping station and forcemain, a head works building, tertiary sand filtration and ultraviolet disinfection, and biosolids digestion and storage facilities. As well, an administration building will be constructed to house an office, lab and controls.
"The new plant will allow the municipality to efficiently process wastewater, which has a great impact on our environment," said John Oosterhof, Mayor of the Township of East Luther Grand Valley.
The governments of Canada and Ontario will each invest up to $612,667 to replace bridges 1, 9 and 18. The Township of Amaranth will contribute the balance of the total eligible project cost of up to $1,838,000. The project will include replacing the three bridges with two-lane structures and traffic barrier systems.
"The new bridges will be safer and free of load restrictions, which will make commuting easier for the residents and farmers who use them each day," said Robert Currie, Mayor of the Township of Amaranth.
The governments of Canada and Ontario will each invest up to $574,000 to replace three bridges. The Township of East Garafraxa will contribute the balance of the total eligible project cost of up to $1,722,000. The project will involve replacing bridge structures 21 and 23 with culverts and Bridge 9 with a new concrete bridge. All structures will be two-lanes with approved traffic barrier systems.
"These new bridge structures will be especially beneficial to the rural and farming communities that rely on circulation of goods," said Earl Lennox, Mayor of the Township of East Garafraxa.
The governments of Canada and Ontario will each invest up to $320,667 to replace Bridge 19. The Township of Mulmur will contribute the balance of the total eligible project cost of up to $962,000. The project will include replacing the existing bridge that spans Pine River and improving the road approaches, structural condition, load capacity and platform width.
"This bridge replacement will improve traffic conditions for motorists and allow our community to remain economically and environmentally sustainable," said Gordon Gallaugher, Mayor of the Township of Mulmur.
The governments of Canada and Ontario will each invest up to $287,333 to replace Bridge 4. The Town of Mono will contribute the balance of the total eligible project cost of up to $862,000. The town will replace Bridge 4 and carry out necessary safety improvements, including resurfacing, stabilizing bridge embankments and realigning the streambed.
"This new bridge will allow for improved transit for all users be they residential, commercial or agricultural vehicles," said Keith Thompson, Mayor of the Town of Mono.
The governments of Canada and Ontario will each invest up to $228,000 to reconstruct Mill Street Bridge. The Town of Orangeville will contribute the balance of the total eligible project cost of up to $684,000. The reconstruction of Mill Street Bridge, a 6.1-metre single-span concrete structure, will include heritage features to integrate with the adjacent heritage park development.
"This reconstruction will improve traffic and reduce congestion to and from a core commercial area," said Drew Brown, Mayor of the Town of Orangeville.
The governments of Canada and Ontario will each invest up to $213,333 to replace Riverview South Bridge. The Township of Melancthon will contribute the balance of the total eligible project cost of up to $640,000. The existing bridge will be replaced with a single-span, two-lane concrete structure using jointless bridge technology.
"This new bridge will enhance the safety of, and better serve, the community of Riverview, as well as the surrounding farming area," said Garry Matthews, Mayor of the Township of Melancthon.
Under COMRIF, the governments of Canada and Ontario are working together with the Association of Municipalities of Ontario and local partners to improve public infrastructure and quality of life for local residents in small urban and rural communities.
Intake Two builds on the successful first intake of the COMRIF initiative. As a result of funding provided by the governments of Canada and Ontario under the first and second intakes, infrastructure improvements are being made through 208 projects to make Ontario's communities stronger, healthier and safer.
COMRIF is a five-year, $900-million initiative that responds to local needs through infrastructure upgrades to provide clean, safe drinking water, better sewage systems, improved waste management processes, safer local roads and bridges, as well as other health and safety priorities. Green infrastructure is COMRIF's top priority, with 55 per cent of funding for projects involving water quality, sustainable communities, climate change and innovation.
COMRIF Intake Three will be launched in spring 2006 through a public announcement and direct contact with eligible municipalities. All Ontario municipalities of fewer than 250,000 people are eligible to apply to COMRIF to improve their local infrastructure.
For more information on the Canada-Ontario Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund, please visit www.comrif.ca.
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Mayor of the Township of East Luther Grand Valley
Mayor of the Township of Amaranth
Mayor of the Township of East Garafraxa
Mayor of the Township of Mulmur
Mayor of the Town of Monov
Mayor of the Town of Orangeville
Mayor of the Township of Melancthon
Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
Senior Communications Advisor
Office of the Honourable Leona Dombrowsky
Office of the Honourable Tony Clement