For immediate release — April 25, 2005
PARRY SOUND — The Government of Canada, the Government of Ontario and municipal leaders in Parry Sound, Seguin, Armour, Perry, Magnetawan and Joly today announced funding to improve wastewater and bridge infrastructure.
"These communities will soon benefit from necessary improvements to local infrastructure due to the significant investments being made today," said Andy Mitchell, MP for Parry Sound–Muskoka. "The federal government is pleased to support these projects which will promote residential, commercial and industrial development in all of these areas." The Government of Canada's funding for this initiative was provided for in the February 2005 federal budget and is therefore built into the existing fiscal framework, added Mr. Mitchell.
"These improvements are an example of our government's commitment to upgrading essential infrastructure – an important part of Ontario's plan for northern and rural communities," said David Ramsay, Ontario Minister of Natural Resources. "These projects show how we are working to renew Ontario's infrastructure to improve public services and provide a high quality of life for all Ontarians."
These investments, made under the Canada-Ontario Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund (COMRIF), will improve the quality of life for local residents.
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 $5,341,472 to upgrade the Parry Sound Wastewater Treatment Plant. The Town of Parry Sound will contribute the balance of the total eligible project cost of up to $16,024,415. Upgrades will include constructing new influent works with odour control, installing ultraviolet light disinfection and filtration, and modifying the existing administration building as well as the primary and secondary treatment systems.
"This project will have a positive impact on the natural and economic environments of our community," said Ted Knight, Mayor of the Town of Parry Sound.
The governments of Canada and Ontario will each invest up to $370,000 to replace the existing culvert on Tally Ho-Swords Road, and bridges 6 and 7 on Turtle Lake Road. The Township of Seguin will contribute the balance of the total eligible project cost of up to $1,110,000. The project will include replacement of the existing structures and local site improvements, such as slope stabilization, as well as guiderail and approach alignment improvements.
"Replacing these structures will enhance tourism and encourage local growth in our community," said David Conn, Reeve of the Township of Seguin.
The governments of Canada and Ontario will each invest up to $269,500 to replace the Ferguson Road Bridge. The Township of Armour will contribute the balance of the total eligible project cost of up to $808,500. A new two-lane steel truss bridge with a cantilevered sidewalk will be erected on the existing modified abutments.
"The Ferguson Road Bridge is a vital link within our community and replacing it will support local development," said Richard Thomas, Reeve of the Township of Armour. "We are delighted to know that we can go ahead with this project."
The governments of Canada and Ontario will each invest up to $171,067 to resurface 15.4 kilometres of roadways in the Township of Perry. The Township will contribute the balance of the total eligible project cost of up to $513,200.
"These improvements will increase the efficiency of our roadways and bring economic benefits to our community," said Tom Roduck, Deputy Mayor of the Township of Perry.
The governments of Canada and Ontario will each invest up to $132,000 to replace River Road Bridge #16 in the Municipality of Magnetewan. The Municipality will contribute the balance of the total eligible project cost of up to $396,000. The project will include replacing the existing bridge and local site improvements, such as slope stabilization and guiderail improvements.
"Replacing the River Road Bridge will help avoid any potential closures and additional repair costs in the future, which is great news for our community," said Sam Dunnett, Reeve of the Municipality of Magnetawan. "It's good to see all three levels of government working hard to improve the quality of life for our residents."
The governments of Canada and Ontario will each invest up to $63,667 to replace the Sandhill Road Culvert. The Township of Joly will contribute the balance of the total eligible project cost of up to $191,000. The project will involve constructing a new culvert, rehabilitating the road approaches and installing guardrails.
"This is an important project for our community as it will reopen access to South River Colonization Road and provide safe travel to surrounding municipalities," said Mario Campese, Reeve of the Township of Joly.
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 in small urban and rural communities. The objectives of this initiative are to enhance and renew Ontario's aging public infrastructure, improve the quality of the environment, protect the health and safety of citizens, support long-term economic growth and build strong, sustainable communities by giving municipalities the tools they need.
COMRIF is a five-year, $900-million program that focuses on local needs through infrastructure improvements 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 Two will be launched in the coming weeks through a public announcement and direct contact with eligible municipalities. All Ontario municipalities of less than 250,000 people are eligible to apply to COMRIF to improve their local infrastructure.
For further information on the Canada-Ontario Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund, please visit www.comrif.ca.
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Mayor of the Town of Parry Sound
Reeve of the Township of Seguin
Reeve of the Township of Armour
Deputy Mayor of the Township of Perry
Reeve of the Municipality of Magnetawan
Reeve of the Township of Joly
Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing