For immediate release — January 10, 2007
PARRY SOUND — Canada's New Government and the Government of Ontario today announced funding under Intake Three of the Canada-Ontario Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund (COMRIF) to replace the Rankin Lake Bridge in the Township of Seguin.
The governments of Canada and Ontario will each invest up to $505,667 in the local bridge project. The Township of Seguin will contribute the balance of the total eligible project cost of up to $1,517,000. The Government of Canada's contribution is contingent on the successful completion of an environmental assessment of the proposed project under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act.
"Canada's New Government is getting things done for families and taxpayers in the Township of Seguin by strengthening local infrastructure," said Tony Clement, Minister of Health, federal minister responsible for COMRIF and MP for Parry Sound-Muskoka. "By replacing Rankin Lake Bridge, we are improving the quality of life of local residents."
"Renewing essential infrastructure is important to Ontario's small urban and rural communities," said Leona Dombrowsky, Ontario Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. "By replacing the Rankin Lake Bridge in the Township of Seguin, the McGuinty government is demonstrating its commitment to rural Ontario."
"Seguin is excited to have the support of the federal and provincial governments for this infrastructure priority," said David Conn, Mayor of the Township of Seguin.
This project is part of a total federal-provincial investment announced today of $93 million in 72 communities under Intake Three of COMRIF. Together with municipal contributions, the total COMRIF Intake Three investment in local infrastructure improvements exceeds $139 million. These investments will provide small urban and rural municipalities with the support they need to renew essential infrastructure in their communities.
Under the five-year, $900-million COMRIF program, the governments of Canada and Ontario are working together with the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) and local partners to enhance and renew Ontario's public infrastructure, improve the quality of the environment, protect the health and safety of citizens, support long-term economic growth and build prosperous, sustainable communities by giving municipalities the tools they need. This also includes the recently launched Asset Management Program component, which helps eligible municipalities and Local Services Boards improve and increase their capacity to manage their infrastructure.
In Budget 2006, Canada's New Government announced an unprecedented $16.5 billion in funding for infrastructure, including $6.6 billion in new investment for infrastructure programs. The Government recognizes the importance of infrastructure in Canada's success. Consultations with a wide range of governments, including Ontario, and stakeholders, including the AMO, took place over the summer and fall of 2006. Canada's New Government is currently developing its long-term plan for infrastructure programs.
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 Seguin
Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
Senior Communications Advisor
Office of the Honourable Leona Dombrowsky
Office of the Honourable Tony Clement
Project Reference Number: 16666