Funding for three major local infrastructure projects was announced by the province on May 14.
The estimated total eligible costs are typically funded equally by the federal government, the provincial government and the municipal (or regional) level of government.
But according to the federal Infrastructure website, under the integrated bilateral agreements, Canada will invest up to:
- 40% of municipal* and not-for-profit projects in the provinces;
- 50% of provincial* projects;
- 75% for projects in the territories and for projects with Indigenous partners;
- 25% of for-profit private sector projects (except in the Community, Culture and Recreation Stream, where for-profit private sector projects are not eligible).
Provinces will have to cost-share on municipal projects at a minimum of 33.33% of eligible costs.
* For public transit, Canada will provide up to 50% for rehabilitation projects and up to 40% for new public transit construction and expansion projects.
* For projects under the Rural and Northern Communities stream, Canada will invest up to 50% for provincial, municipal and not-for-profit projects, and up to 60% for municipal projects in the provinces where the municipalities have a population of less than 5,000.
Although the three projects are still waiting for approval by the federal government, the Township of East Hawkesbury has been approved for the final phase of work for the reconstruction of Grande Montée Road, at a cost of $1,550,000. If the costs are shared in three equal parts, that would mean $516,666 for each share of the project costs.
The United Counties of Prescott and Russell has been approved the $700,000 cost of reconstruction of the St-Isidore culvert, at a cost of $700,000, which would represent shared project costs of $233,333 per partner.
The Township of North Glengarry’s Creek Road Bridge replacement project is a big-ticket item at $2,070,000. If the project costs are split three ways, the shared project cost for each partner would be $690,000.
Earlier this spring, Ontario’s Minister of Infrastructure, Monte McNaughton, launched the $30-billion integrated bilateral “Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program.
The first stream, for rural and northern regions, had a value of $500 million and the three projects listed here are among the first to be nominated as part of this funding initiative.