Canada and Ontario invest over $37.8 million in 35 community infrastructure projects across Ontario

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THUNDER BAY, ON, Aug. 3, 2021 /CNW/ – The safety and well-being of Canadians are top priorities for the governments of Canada and Ontario. Investments in Ontario’s infrastructure during this extraordinary time provide an opportunity to create jobs, economic growth, and make our communities more sustainable and resilient.

Today, the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Health, on behalf of the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities; the Honourable Ross Romano, Ontario’s Minister of Government and Consumer Services and Member of Provincial Parliament for Sault Ste. Marie, on behalf of the Honourable Kinga Surma, Ontario’s Minister of Infrastructure; and Robinson Meshake, Board of Directors President for the Matawa First Nations Management, on behalf of the Matawa First Nations, announced funding for 35 community infrastructure projects across Ontario.  

The Government of Canada is investing $65,880 in the wastewater planning study and detailed design, and flow meter purchase project in Kiashke Zaaging Anishinaabek through the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund. Additionally, the Government of Canada is investing over $1.4 million in the Ka-Na-Chi-Hih Treatment Centre Sioux Lookout Program expansion in Sioux Lookout and the Health and Safety Coolant System, Roof Hatch, and Flooring Upgrade project for the N’Swakamok Native Friendship Centre in Sudbury through the Community, Culture, and Recreation Stream of the Investing in Canada Program. The Government of Canada is also investing over $28.7 million in the remaining 32 projects through the COVID-19 Resilience Stream of the Investing in Canada Program. The Government of Ontario is providing over $7.5 million to these projects, while the Ka-Na-Chi-Hih Treatment Centre is investing $121,061, and the N’Swakamok Native Friendship Centre is investing $9,776 in their respective projects.

Among the projects announced is the Matawa Education and Care Centre gymnasium upgrade project in Thunder Bay. The project involves the construction of a new gymnasium at the facility. Once completed, this project will provide a dedicated space for health and physical education programming and will support the Matawa Education and Care Centre’s holistic approach to well-being, providing residents with a space to do activities where they can stay fit and healthy.

In Thunder Bay, renovations and retrofits to the Dennis Franklin Cromarty First Nation High School will provide students access to a more reliable and safe space to learn. Work includes repairs to the leaking roof, the replacement of the sewage and water pipes, upgrades to the HVAC, electrical, and sprinkler systems, and asbestos abatement. Further work includes the installation of new flooring, the reconstruction of one of the entrance ramps to the school and repairs to the service elevator.

Also being announced is the expansion of the Ka-Na-Chi-Hih Treatment Centre located in Sioux Lookout. The scope of the project involves renovations to a former school which will provide a safe and welcoming healing space that supports land-based and traditional practices and will support the Centre’s expansion of its treatment program in order to increase the number of youth served. Once completed this will allow the Ka-Na-Chi-Hih Treatment Centre to provide a long-term residential treatment program for Indigenous and Northern Ontario communities.

Additional investments in other community infrastructure projects across Ontario include the installation of portable classrooms in a number of Indigenous communities including Eabametoong First Nation, Aroland First Nation, Fort Severn First Nation, Webequie First Nation, Marten Falls First Nation, Long Lake First Nation, Neskantaga First Nation, and Nibinamik First Nation. Other projects include upgrades to Alternative Secondary Schools in Ottawa, Hamilton, Red Lake, Sudbury, Sault Ste. Marie, Timmins, Fort Frances, Kenora, and Fort Erie. Meanwhile a Clean Water and Wastewater Fund project in Kiashke Zaaging Anishinaabek will upgrade the community’s sewage lagoon which will improve the environment and receiving water source.

The COVID-19 Resilience Infrastructure Stream, implemented in response to the pandemic, allows the Government of Canada to invest up to 80% of eligible costs for projects in provinces, and up to 100% for projects in territories and Indigenous communities. The Province of Ontario will invest 20% of the eligible costs for projects across the province. 

Quotes

“Ensuring our communities have access to reliable infrastructure is vital for community development and well-being. Today’s announcement for 35 community infrastructure projects will provide both Indigenous and Ontario communities with better drinking water, better access to community infrastructure, and safer and better maintained schools. Canada’s infrastructure plan invests in thousands of projects, creates jobs across the country, and builds cleaner, more inclusive communities.”

The Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Health, on behalf of the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

“Our government is committed to building a resilient future for our province, and these investments in key projects across Ontario are an important step to achieving that goal. This initiative will provide individuals, families and workers with reliable and resilient public infrastructure that will serve their communities for years to come. As we move forward in our pandemic recovery plan, investments in our communities’ infrastructure will continue to provide substantial growth for local economies while also protecting the health and safety of Ontarians.”

The Honourable Ross Romano, Ontario’s Minister of Government and Consumer Services and Member of Provincial Parliament for Sault Ste. Marie, on behalf of the Honourable Kinga Surma, Ontario’s Minister of Infrastructure

“The Ontario government is investing to ensure that students are able to learn in modern, state-of-the-art classrooms, and that they are better protected from COVID-19 through improved ventilation and space for distancing in schools across Ontario. With these investments, we are ensuring that Indigenous students benefit from a return to a more normal, full-time and in-person learning experience.”

The Honourable Stephen Lecce, Ontario’s Minister of Education

“Our government is repairing and rebuilding long-term care in Ontario. Today’s investment in heating, ventilation and air conditioning system improvements at the Foyer des Pionniers long-term care home in Hearst, along with the building of 12 new beds, is another part of our plan to ensure residents live in safety and comfort.”

The Honourable Rod Phillips, Minister of Long-Term Care

“The upgrade of the Matawa Education and Care Centre gymnasium has been a dream for our students since September 2017—the Matawa Education Authority have the plans in place and are anxious to get it started. It will be dedicated space for health and physical education programming that will reduce the potential for exposure to COVID-19 without the need to use another organization’s gymnasium facility.  With respect to our nine (9) Matawa communities who will receive the benefit of these investments—we are thankful for the backing of the federal and provincial governments of our Emergency Education Response Plan, and we look forward to additional investments in support of that plan as we strive to provide a safe space for our students to learn.” 

Robinson Meshake, Board of Directors President for Matawa First Nations Management, on behalf of the Matawa First Nations

Quick facts

  • Through the Investing in Canada plan, the federal government is investing more than $180 billion over 12 years in public transit projects, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, trade and transportation routes, and Canada’s rural and northern communities. 
  • Across Ontario, the Government of Canada has invested more than $14.4 billion in over 3,800 infrastructure projects.
  • Across Canada, since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic the Government of Canada has contributed $9.7 billion to 3,500 infrastructure projects.
  • Ontario is investing $10.2 billion under the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program to improve public transit; community, culture and recreation; green, and rural and northern community and other priority infrastructure
  • To support Canadians and communities during the COVID-19 pandemic, a COVID-19 Resilience Infrastructure Stream has been added to the over $33-billion Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program to help fund pandemic-resilient infrastructure. Existing program streams have also been adapted to include more eligible project categories.
  • The COVID-19 Resilience Infrastructure Stream funding stream guarantees a minimum of $100,000 to each of the province’s 444 municipalities. Additional funding has been allocated to municipalities based on a variety of factors, including the value of infrastructure and median household income in each municipality.
  • Through the COVID-19 Resilience Infrastructure Stream, over $3 billion is available to provide provinces and territories with added flexibility to fund quick-start, short term projects.
  •  Across the province and over the next 10 years, Ontario is investing approximately $320 million and Canada is investing approximately $407 million under the Community, Culture and Recreation Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program. This stream supports the construction of new facilities and upgrades to existing facilities that improve community infrastructure (community centres, libraries), recreational venues (arenas, recreational spaces) and cultural spaces (theatres, museums).  

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Associated Links

Investing in Canada: Canada’s Long-Term Infrastructure Plan
https://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/icp-publication-pic-eng.html

Federal infrastructure investments in Ontario
https://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/prog-proj-on-eng.html

Investing in Canada Plan Project Map
https://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/gmap-gcarte/index-eng.html

Ontario Builds Project Map:
https://www.ontario.ca/page/building-ontario

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