Four road and bridge projects planned in Bruce and Grey counties have received funding approval from the federal government's Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program.
The $1.3-million replacement of Lantz Bridge in West Grey, $1.8-million construction of a new roundabout in Grey County at Grey Roads 3 and 4, $803,000 replacement of Soper's Bridge in Arran-Elderslie and $4.1-million roads and culvert flood damage reconstruction at Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation have been accepted into the grant program for cost-sharing from the federal and provincial governments.
“I’m excited to finally receive federal government approval on the projects Ontario nominated last July,” Walker says in a statement. “The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic has brought instability and uncertainty, but important investments in infrastructure like the projects being announced will kickstart our local economy, attracting jobs to get people back to work.”
Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound MP Alex Ruff also put out a statement, saying: “I am excited to see these projects approved, they are crucial to the long term growth and success of our local communities and economy. I look forward to seeing the jobs created, and shovels in the ground as these projects get underway.”
The funding is being doled out from the Rural and Northern stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program. ICIP is a 10-year program that provides up to $30 billion in federal, provincial and local investments in communities across the province.
Approved ICIP projects see the federal government cover up to 60 per cent of eligible costs, and the Ontario government up to 33 per cent.
For projects at Indigenous communities, the federal government covers 75 per cent of eligible project costs, while the province contributes 18 per cent.