Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund
The Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund (OCIF) provides a steady source of predictable, long-term funding and supports the repair and revitalization of roads, bridges and other critical infrastructure in small, rural and northern communities.
To date, 137 critical infrastructure projects related to water, sewers, roads, and bridges have been approved through the OCIF application-based component for a total investment of $174 million. In addition, 425 communities have received grants under the fund's formula-based component for a total provincial investment of $50 million per year.
Investing in modern infrastructure and transportation networks supports strong communities, creates jobs and encourages economic growth.
Ontario is making the largest investment in public infrastructure in the province's history - about $160 billion over 12 years, which is supporting 110,000 jobs every year across the province, with projects such as roads, bridges, transit systems, schools and hospitals. In 2015, the province announced support for more than 325 projects that will keep people and goods moving, connect communities and improve quality of life.
As announced in the 2016 Ontario Budget, funding for the Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund will triple from $100 million to $300 million per year by 2018-19, which includes $200 million in predictable, formula-based funding and $100 million in application-based funding.
The new Small Communities Fund (SCF), a part of the federal government's new Building Canada Fund (BCF), allows communities with populations of less than 100,000 to build projects that deliver on local needs.