Miller encourages municipalities to apply for Green Stream of Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program
QUEEN’S PARK, TORONTO: During yesterday’s Question Period Parry Sound-Muskoka MPP Norman Miller asked the Minister of Infrastructure whether she would be funding additional infrastructure projects.
Miller began by listing some of the local infrastructure projects that have been approved by the province and nominated for federal funding under earlier streams of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP). These included $1.2 million in improvements to Dillon Road in the community of Carling, $267,000 for the replacement of the Etwell Bridge in Huntsville, more than $122,000 for phase one of the Huntsville transit ridership growth plan, and $337,000 for the replacement of the Snider’s Bay Bridge in Gravenhurst, $851,000 for the replacement of the Black Bridge in Bracebridge and $900,000 for road reconstruction in Wasauksing First Nation.
Infrastructure Minister Laurie Scott confirmed that the province will continue to work with municipalities and the Federal government to fund infrastructure projects, adding that the projects which have been nominated are awaiting federal approval.
Earlier this week the Ministry of Infrastructure began accepting applications for the Green Stream of the ICIP. This stream is designed to help municipalities address critical local water, wastewater and stormwater infrastructure needs.
“Every municipality and every First Nation in Parry Sound-Muskoka is eligible for this funding so I encourage all our local leaders to review the criteria and apply for this funding,” said Miller. “This funding is intended to help enable greater adaptation and resilience to the impacts of climate change. Many of our municipalities saw some of the impacts of climate change this spring and we know a lot needs to be done to ensure our communities are able to withstand future extreme weather.”
Applications for the Green Stream of ICIP are due to the Ministry of Infrastructure by January 22, 2020.