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Ontario Government Building Stronger Communities, Creating Jobs and Improving Infrastructure

Sault Ste. Marie - Ontario is providing the City of Sault Ste. Marie with $2 million in funding to build and repair critical infrastructure and create jobs in Sault Ste. Marie, announce David Orazietti MPP today.

“Investments like this are crucial to ensuring economic growth and help municipalities build and maintain key infrastructure,” said Orazietti.  “The Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund will provide the City of Sault Ste. Marie with provincial funding for local infrastructure priorities and is just one of the programs our government has created to both build and renew vital infrastructure across Ontario.”

Sault Ste. Marie will receive $2 million towards the Phase 3 Second Line East Widening project through this funding program toward the total $3.9 million cost of the project. This investment will help to improve important infrastructure that many Sault residents use every day.

“The City of Sault Ste. Marie thanks the Province of Ontario for supporting the third phase of the Second Line widening,” said Mayor Christian Provenzano. “Second Line routes significant traffic from the Trans-Canada Highway and the International Bridge through the city each day. We appreciate the financial support from the Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund that will help us make further improvements to this vital traffic corridor.”

Supporting small, rural and northern communities is part of the government’s economic plan for Ontario. The four-part plan is building Ontario up by investing in people’s talents and skills, revitalizing public infrastructure like roads and transit, creating a dynamic, supportive environment where business thrives and building a secure savings plan so everyone can afford to retire.



  • The Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund (OCIF) provides $100 million per year in funding for critical road, bridge, water and wastewater projects. Through the OCIF $50 million is available per year in formula-based funding and another $50 million per year is available in application-based funding.
  • OCIF is part of Moving Ontario Forward, Ontario’s plan to invest in public infrastructure. The province is making an unprecedented $130 billion investment in public infrastructure over the next ten years. This will support more than 110,000 jobs on average each year in construction and related industries.
  • To be eligible for the Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund, municipalities must have a population of less than 100,000 as of the 2011 census or be located in northern or rural Ontario.


Since 2003, additional provincial investments that have helped build and improve Sault Ste. Marie while also creating short and long-term jobs include:

·        $32 million new funding for road improvements

·        $11 million new provincial gas tax program

·        $9.3 million new Algoma Public Health Building

·        $8.6 million social housing improvements

·        $6.2 million Northern Community Centre

·        $5.6 million Carmen’s Way

·        $4.7 million Essar Centre

·        $4.2 million Conservation Authority infrastructure - source water protection

·        $3.5 million Third Line extension

·        $3.1 million Rehabilitation of Single Lane Bridges

·        $3.1 million Hub Trail and Waterfront Walkway

·        $3.0 million Municipal Infrastructure Investment Initiative (MIII) 2008

·        $2.7 million Canada Ontario Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund (COMRIF)

·        $2.4 million for Sault Ste. Marie Airport Development Corporation

·        $2.4 million Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund (OCIF)

·        $2.2 million new Emergency Response Centre (EMS)

·        $1.9 million land ambulance annually

·        $1.6 million Recreational Infrastructure Canada/Ontario 2009

·        $1.0 million Heritage Discovery Centre

·        $1.0 million for 8 new city police officers annually

  • $875,500 for Downtown Revitalization Plan




·        Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund  

·        Approved OCIF funding projects



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