Ottawa, Ontario, November 19, 2020—The safety and well-being of Canadians remains top priorities for the Government of Canada. That’s why we are taking decisive action to help families, businesses and communities as they adapt to the realities of the COVID-19 pandemic and support the creation of good-paying middle class jobs.
Today, the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, is pleased to announce that Ontario is now accepting applications from municipalities for funding of local infrastructure projects under the COVID-19 Resilience stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program.
Under this new stream, which was first announced by Minister McKenna on August 5, 2020, the federal government will cover up to 80 per cent of eligible project costs in provinces and 100 per cent for territorial and Indigenous projects. A simplified funding application process will ensure that projects can get underway as soon as possible, and accelerated approvals will ensure that communities in Ontario can address pressing needs in a timely manner.
In Ontario this stream represents up to $1.1 billion in funding and will support a wide range of pandemic-resilient projects like upgrading schools and long-term care homes with things like HVAC and physical distancing measures, or building new parks, cycling and walking paths to help Canadians get outside and stay active.
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. The federal government will cover 80% of eligible costs, and the government of Ontario will cover 20% of eligible costs. Apply for funding here.
Eligible projects include infrastructure to support physical distancing, social infrastructure, active transportation and disaster mitigation projects. 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. Municipalities are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.
Municipalities are encouraged to work directly with the Province of Ontario to allow local governments to move forward quickly with tendering and procurement for their infrastructure projects.