Up-to-date water and wastewater infrastructure is essential for safe drinking water and clean local waterways. With support from the federal Gas Tax Fund and the Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund, the Town of Gananoque has upgraded water, wastewater and storm water systems on Victoria Avenue.
Work on Victoria Avenue included replacement of a 100-year old water main and a 70-year old storm sewer system. The existing sanitary sewer and manholes were also replaced and the road was fully reconstructed.
“On behalf of Council, I welcome funding from the Federal Gas Tax Fund and the Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund for the Town of Gananoque,” stated Mayor Erika Demchuk. “These are important and necessary funds that Council uses to improve our aging infrastructure. We recognize the need to invest in local priorities, but we must be equally committed to keeping property taxes and water rates affordable for our citizens and businesses. These financial tools are a key component that allow us achieve our goals.”
“The Government of Canada recognizes that investing in water and wastewater infrastructure is key to maintaining the environment.” said the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities. “The predictable and flexible federal Gas Tax Fund allows cities like Gananoque to invest in important projects like the Victoria Avenue Reconstruction project.”
“A lot of Ontario’s infrastructure was built more than a half a century ago and needs to be replaced or upgraded,” said Lynn Dollin, President of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario. “The federal Gas Tax Fund is one of the only permanent sources of funding for local infrastructure. Municipalities can invest the Fund into 17 different types of infrastructure, including water and wastewater systems that keep our communities safe and healthy.”
“Our government is committed to helping communities such as the Town of Gananoque, through the Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund. With stable and predictable funding for investments in critical infrastructure, the province is laying the foundation for sustainable economic development, creating jobs and new economic opportunities in rural communities across Ontario.”
-Jeff Leal, Minister of Agriculture, Foodand Rural affairs
“The upgrades to roads, bridges, water and wastewater infrastructure made possible by the Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund continue to lead to positive changes in our communities. We are proud to enable innovative projects that help spur local economic activity, create job opportunities for Ontarians and raise quality of life across the province.”
— Bob Chiarelli, Minister of Infrastructure
- The Government of Canada contributed $561,436 to the Victoria Avenue Reconstruction Project through the federal Gas Tax Fund.
- The Ontario Government contributed $90,120 to the project through the formula-based Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund (OCIF).
- Over the next three years, the permanent OCIF will invest over $670 million to help municipalities across Ontario improve local infrastructure.
- The Town of Gananoque provided the remaining $2,000,000 of the total project cost of $2,651,646.
- The federal Gas Tax Fund is one of the only permanent sources of funding for municipal infrastructure. Ontario municipalities will receive $3.8 billion from the Fund between 2014 and 2018.
- In Ontario, the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) administers the Fund to 443 municipalities on a per capita basis.
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