COLUMN: Investing in infrastructure
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Nov 27, 2012  |  Vote 0    0

COLUMN: Investing in infrastructure

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Dave Levac FOR BRANT NEWS The Government of Ontario is helping municipalities in Brant strengthen local infrastructure. Municipalities can apply online for a share of $51 million under the strategy to undertake critical infrastructure projects that strengthen local economies and create jobs. The application deadline is Jan. 9, 2013. Under the Municipal Infrastructure Strategy, municipalities that request provincial infrastructure funding must show how projects fit within a comprehensive asset management plan. Investing in infrastructure is part of my plan to create jobs for Brant families and individuals and to strengthen our local economy. Only a strong local economy protects the services that mean the most to us, like health care and education. The government has stated that it will continue to partner with municipalities in Brant to assist them with their most critical infrastructure projects and support economic growth and enhanced quality of life for local families and individuals. In addition, the government is providing up to $9 million to small and northern municipalities to help prepare their asset management plans, which help municipalities make smart, long-term planning decisions about building, operating, maintaining, renewing and replacing infrastructure. An online guide and toolkit are available to help municipalities prepare their asset management plans. Since 2003, the government has provided approximately $13 billion to help municipalities modernize and expand transit, repair and upgrade roads and bridges, improve water and wastewater treatment and revitalize community infrastructure. To find out more about the Municipal Infrastructure Strategy, including asset management planning and capital investments, please visit www.moi.gov.on.ca. For assistance with any other provincial matter, please contact me at my office at 519-759-0361 or visit my website, www.davelevac.on.ca. Dave Levac is MPP for Brant and Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario.

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