The Ontario government is providing over $6.6 million to help renew and rehabilitate local infrastructure in Kenora-Rainy River. The funding is being delivered through the Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund (OCIF) and is part of the government’s overall investment of $400 million in 2023.
“Our government is proud to support Northern and rural municipalities with stable and predicable funding” said Greg Rickford, MPP for Kenora–Rainy River. “The combined increase of over $645,000 for Kenora-Rainy River municipalities will help address community infrastructure needs and repair local roads, bridges, water and wastewater infrastructure.”
Total investment in communities across Kenora-Rainy River are as follows:
Municipality 2023 Grant:
Fort Frances $1,497,567
La Vallee $100,000
Lake of The Woods $100,000
Rainy River $280,581
Redditt Local Services Board $100,000
Sioux Narrows-Nestor Falls $100,000
“Ontario’s small, rural and northern communities, like Kenora-Rainy River are essential to the growth and prosperity of the province,” said Kinga Surma, Minister of Infrastructure. “Our government is continuing to provide stable funding to meet local infrastructure needs and provide support in response to pressures from inflation. By supporting key community infrastructure projects, we are helping to grow and build safer, more resilient communities for generations to come.”
In December 2021, the Ontario government announced an additional $1 billion for critical infrastructure projects that support economic growth and job creation in small, rural and northern communities, bringing the government’s total investment to nearly $2 billion dollars over five years.
The OCIF supports local infrastructure projects by providing stable and predictable funding for rural and northern communities, as well as for communities with populations under 100,000.
Funding allocations are based on a formula that recognizes the different needs and economic conditions of communities.