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Federal Gas Tax supports local road and capital projects

 

Midhurst/July 10, 2017 – The County of Simcoe is pleased to announce that it will receive $8.4 million from the Government of Canada through the federal Gas Tax Fund (GTF) to support vital community projects in 2017.

Approximately $5.5 million of the GTF contributions will be applied to enhance nine road rehabilitation projects throughout the County, while $2.9 million will support two significant roads and transportation capital projects including the Wye River North Bridge Rehabilitation project and the reconstruction of County Road 17 from Severn Falls north to the Big Chute.  

Since 2005, the County has received $76.6 million through the federal GTF to support the completion of numerous road and capital projects.

"Through the federal Gas Tax Fund, the Government of Canada is allowing communities in Ontario, and across Canada, to make strategic investments that support their specific needs," said the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities. "The funding provided to the County of Simcoe will go towards projects like the rehabilitation of local roads and a bridge, making a difference in residents' day to day lives and supporting a better quality of life throughout the county now and in the future."

"We thank the Government of Canada for continuing to invest in our municipalities and support vital projects that benefit our residents," said Warden Gerry Marshall. "Flow through funds play such an important role in the level of services we can provide to our communities and supports our capacity to grow, develop and maintain our existing infrastructure to meet the needs of future generations."

About the Federal Gas Tax Fund
As part of the New Building Canada Plan, the renewed federal Gas Tax Fund (GTF) provides predictable, long-term, stable funding for Canadian municipalities to help them build and revitalize their local public infrastructure while creating jobs and long term prosperity. Each year, the federal GTF assists municipalities by providing funding for local infrastructure projects. From coast to coast to coast, the federal GTF is making a difference in all communities across Canada. Every year, municipalities benefit from the financial support and flexibility of the federal GTF. To date, $19 billion has been invested in municipalities through the federal Gas Tax Fund and more than $2 billion will continue to flow each year.

In Ontario, the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) delivers the Fund to 443 municipal governments on a per capita basis. In 2016 AMO administered $628 million from the Fund to invest in local infrastructure. In total, Ontario's municipalities will receive $3.8 billion between 2014 and 2018.

County of Simcoe is composed of sixteen member municipalities and provides crucial public services to County residents in addition to providing paramedic and social services to the separated cities of Barrie and Orillia. Visit our website at simcoe.ca

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Contacts:

Allan Greenwood
Director, Corporate Communications 
705-726-9300 ext. 1230
705-794-9301 (mobile) 
Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca

Collin Matanowitsch
Communications Co-ordinator
705-726-9300 ext. 1430
705-734-8386 (mobile)
Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca