Last week, Ministers Leal and Duguid announced that the Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund (OCIF) has approved 78 projects under application-based funding.
Water infrastructure projects accounted for nearly $60 million of these funds, and the investment is welcome. Amid crumbling assets and growing populations, many municipalities are currently facing a shortage of funds.
This shot in the arm for rural communities is making a significant difference, but Ontario’s municipalities are realizing they must do more with less. They must ensure safe and healthy water for citizens and the ecosystem. They must also make the decisions that provide the best return on investment—decisions that consider life-cycle costing for assets, as well as meet some of the world’s highest standards for human and environmental health.
Ontario Needs Smart Water Infrastructure Investments Water Canada