Local infrastructure funding will help create jobs for economic growth in Huron-Bruce

The Ontario government is investing $20,279,307in Huron and Bruce Counties to help renew and rehabilitate critical infrastructure. The funding is being delivered through the Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund (OCIF) and is part of the government’s plan to support economic growth and job creation.

“This incredible investment of more than $20 million in the 14 municipalities across Huron-Bruce demonstrates our government’s continued commitment to our local communities,” said Lisa Thompson, MPP for Huron-Bruce. “By providing funding, we are supporting infrastructure needs today so we can build a solid foundation for future growth and prosperity.”

For 2024, the government has allocated $400 million in OCIF funding to help 425 small, rural and northern communities pay for critical infrastructure projects, including road, bridge, water, and wastewater projects. If necessary, a community may accumulate its funding for up to five years to address larger infrastructure projects.

“Small, rural and northern communities need stable funding for their unique infrastructure needs and to provide safe and reliable services,” said Kinga Surma, Minister of Infrastructure. “That’s why our government continues to provide funding, especially during these challenging economic times. Our investments in community infrastructure are helping to create jobs, build stronger local economies, and lay the foundation for a stronger, more resilient Ontario for generations to come.”

OCIF provides funding for local infrastructure projects in communities with populations under 100,000, as well as all rural and northern communities. Funding allocations are based on a formula that takes into account the different needs and economic conditions of each community.

The more than $20 million in funding is being allocated across both regional and municipal governments in Huron and Bruce counties. Below is a table that breaks down funding distribution

Municipal Association Funding (*see additional data)

Ashfield-Colborne-Wawanosh: $585,153
Bluewater: $760,910
Brockton: $830, 296
Bruce County: $1,347,122
Central Huron: $1,167,970
Goderich: $1,478,266
Howick: $205,717
Huron County: $5,813,948
Huron East:$1,052,279
Huron-Kinloss: $798,982
Kincardine $1,525,121
Morris-Turnberry: $307,160
North Huron: $665,361
Saugeen Shores: $1,486,418
South Bruce: $1,071,142*
South Huron: $1,183,426*

The 2023 Ontario Economic Outlook and Fiscal Review: Building a Strong Ontario Together continues the government’s responsible, targeted approach, providing the flexibility needed to help address ongoing economic uncertainty and build critical infrastructure in growing communities, while laying a strong fiscal foundation for future generations.