Brockville – Gord Brown Member of Parliament for Leeds-Grenville, celebrated the launch of the new Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund in Ontario, which was announced by the Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario), on July 5, 2012.
Community and recreational facilities are now eligible for repairs and upgrades through the Fund.
“The Harper Government is committed to creating jobs, growth and long-term prosperity in our communities,” said Brown. “The Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund will boost economic activity in communities and help support job creation in Leeds-Grenville. By improving the quality of our community facilities, we are also contributing to building prosperous communities for Canadian families for years to come.”
He noted that communities in Leeds-Grenville have continued to express an interest in a fund to improve their recreational facilities since this was announced in the budget.
FedDev Ontario is delivering the Fund in Ontario with an allocation of $49.6 million over two years. Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario will see $24,800,000 for Fiscal year 2012-13, $24,800,000 for Fiscal year 2013-14 for a total of $49,600,000 for our region.
Through the Fund, FedDev Ontario will support, on a cost-shared basis, repairs and improvements to existing community infrastructure that is accessible for use by the public. Local, regional and First Nation governments, as well as not-for-profit organizations with projects that can be completed before March 31, 2014 are invited to apply for funding.
Eligible recipients may receive contributions of up to $1 million and must leverage a minimum of 50 per cent of funding from other sources. In Ontario, priority may be given to projects that require a federal contribution of just 33.3 per cent of total project costs.
Applications for projects in Ontario must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. EDT on August 24, 2012. For detailed program guidelines and information on how to apply, please refer to www.FedDevOntario.gc.ca/CIIF.
This national program provides $150 million over two years to be delivered by regional development agencies across the country. For more information, please refer to the backgrounder.
Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund Backgrounder
Through the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund (CIIF), the Harper Government has committed to supporting communities and creating jobs through repairs and improvements to existing community facilities over the next two years. Expansions such as adding ramps to improve accessibility to a facility, adding a roof to an outdoor rink or extending a trail or bike path are eligible.
The construction of new infrastructure and repairs to facilities that are primarily for commercial or for-profit activities are ineligible.
Priority will be given to projects that can demonstrate anticipated economic benefits to their communities and the use of new technologies and innovation. Facilities must be accessible for use by the public and not limited to a private membership. All projects are required to be completed by March 31, 2014.
The Fund is being delivered by the regional development agencies across Canada and will support projects on a cost-shared basis. Funding recipients may receive up to 50 per cent of total eligible costs. The Government of Canada may provide up to $1 million per project. Municipal, regional and First Nation governments, as well as not-for-profit organizations are eligible to apply.