Investing in roads, bridges, water and wastewater infrastructure projects and other critical infrastructure, will help to connect communities, keep people moving, create jobs and boost local economic growth, by supporting upgrades to roads, bridges and other community infrastructure.
That's why Ontario is making the largest investment in public infrastructure in the province's history - about $160 billion over 12 years, which is supporting 110,000 jobs every year across the province, with projects such as roads, bridges, transit systems, schools and hospitals.
Launched in 2014, Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund (OCIF) supports infrastructure projects in small, rural and northern communities. Ontario is tripling its investments through OCIF, from $100 million in 2016 to $300 million in 2019. Of the $300 million allocated for 2019, the province will provide approximately $100 million for municipalities to invest in critical infrastructure projects, and $200 million in predictable, formula-based funding.
The new Small Communities Fund (SCF), ia a part of the federal government's New Building Canada Fund (BCF). The provincial and federal governments are each investing up to $272 million through SCF to support infrastructure projects in communities with populations of less than 100,000.
One of the projects approved under the SCF program is the Southwestern Integrated Fibre Technology (SWIFT) project. This project will create an ultra-high-speed regional broadband network with more than 300 community access points or points of presence throughout southwestern Ontario. This open access "backbone" network is expected to trigger the development of residential or "Last Mile" networks by private sector Internet Service Providers.