$250 million will allow Ontario municipalities to quickly advance critical local infrastructure projects

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Under the new Local Government sub-stream of the COVID-19 Resilience Infrastructure stream to allow local governments to proceed with tendering and procurement as soon as possible.

Ontario is now accepting applications from municipalities for local infrastructure projects.

On October 28, Ontario 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).

The ICIP is to build or renovate health and safety-related projects in long-term care, education and municipalities that will help Ontario respond to the impacts of COVID-19.

This includes up to $250 million for the Local Government sub-stream that will help municipalities to address critical local infrastructure needs, which they can start applying for today.

Eligible projects include infrastructure to support physical distancing, social infrastructure, active transportation and disaster mitigation projects.

Each municipality is allocated a certain amount of funding for which they can apply, with a minimum allocation of $100,000.

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 application deadline is December 21, 2020, for municipalities submitting single projects and January 7, 2021, for those with multiple projects through the Transfer Payments Ontario website.

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