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150 Years of Confederation

Goodyear Launches the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program in Southern Ontario

Waterloo – FedDev Ontario Minister Gary Goodyear announced on Friday the launch of the new Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program in southern Ontario. "As we look forward to celebrating Canada's 150th anniversary, our Government wants to ensure Canadians have long-lasting community infrastructure. The Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program provides much- needed support to renovate public infrastructure, while also preserving our heritage, creating jobs and improving the quality of life in our communities," said Gary Goodyear, Minister of State for FedDev Ontario.

The $150-million national program is dedicated to celebrating Canada's history, heritage, values and future by reinvesting in community infrastructure across the country. The program will create a lasting legacy as Canada prepares to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017. "I am pleased that this new program will engage local groups to think about meaningful infrastructure upgrades in honour of Canada's 150th anniversary. Our infrastructure investments will boost economic activity, build community-based partnerships and modernize existing community facilities," added Peter Braid, Parliamentary Secretary for Infrastructure and Communities and Member of Parliament for Kitchener—Waterloo.

As of last Friday, FedDev Ontario is accepting applications for funding to rehabilitate, renovate and expand existing public infrastructure for communities in southern Ontario. Local and Aboriginal governments, public sector bodies delivering municipal-type infrastructure services, and incorporated not-for-profit organizations are invited to apply for funding for projects that will be supported on a cost-shared basis.

The Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program provides $150 million over two years to be delivered by regional development agencies across the country. It is part of the federal government's coordinated approach to celebrating Canada's 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017.

Applications for projects in southern Ontario must be submitted to FedDev Ontario by 5:00 p.m. EDT on June 9, 2015.

In southern Ontario, priority may be given to projects that require a federal contribution of 33.3 percent of total eligible project costs, projects with smaller scope and projects that can be completed by June 30, 2017. Detailed information is available at www.FedDevOntario.gc.ca/CIP150.


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