TORONTO — Municipalities can now apply for the new local government sub-stream of the COVID-19 Resilience Infrastructure stream, which allows municipalities to proceed with tendering and procuring local projects as soon as possible to address infrastructure needs.
The Ontario government recently announced up to $1.05 billion in federal-provincial funding through the COVID-19 Resilience Infrastructure stream under the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP) to build or renovate health and safety-related projects in long-term care, education and municipalities to help the province respond to the impacts of COVID-19, states a release, adding this includes up to $250 million for the local government sub-stream.
Eligible projects include infrastructure to support physical distancing, social infrastructure, active transportation and disaster mitigation projects. Each municipality will be allocated a certain amount of funding for which they can apply, with a minimum allocation of $100,000.
According to the release, successful projects will be reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis and be nominated by the province to the federal government for approval by March 2021.
The federal COVID-19 resilience stream has been adapted from the ICIP by re-allocating funds to respond to the impacts of the pandemic and it will be 80 per cent cost-shared by the federal government and 20 per cent cost-shared by the province.
“Our government will continue to ensure that communities are able to get shovel-ready projects underway so they can kickstart their local economies and create jobs,” said Ontario Minister of Infrastructure Laurie Scott in a statement.
“We look forward to collaborating with the federal government to secure quick approvals for these important projects that will help keep communities across Ontario safe.”