Ontario government providing $2.5 million to H-LA for COVID-19 recovery

Hastings-Lennox and Addington MPP Daryl Kramp. (file photo)

The Ontario government is investing over $2.5 million locally in Hastings and Lennox and Addington County infrastructure projects to assist in COVID-19 recovery.

Through the COVID Stream, Ontario will support municipalities as they build and repair roads, bridges, water and wastewater infrastructure.

Hastings-Lennox and Addington MPP Daryl Kramp says the funding will help the municipalities build needed projects as the economy returns to health.

“These funds will mean a lot, especially in our smaller communities where the tax base is much smaller,” said Kramp. “Each municipality was eligible for a minimum of $100,000 with allocations based on population size and the resulting need.”

In Lennox and Addington County the allocations are:

Lennox and Addington County    $236,311

Loyalist                                        $217,017

Greater Napanee                        $189,955

Addington Highlands                   $100,000

Stone Mills                                  $100,000

In Hastings County each municipality, including the county government itself, received $100,00, with Belleville receiving a larger amount; one-third of Belleville is in the Hastings-Lennox and Addington riding of  Kramp with the balance in the Bay of Quinte riding of  Todd Smith.

Bancroft, Deseronto, Centre Hastings, Hastings Highlands, Tweed, Marmora and Lake, Carlow/Mayo, Faraday, Limerick, Madoc, Stirling-Rawdon, Tudor and Cashel, Tyendinaga and Wollaston plus Belleville are the Hastings County communities.  This funding is a part of Ontario’s approximately $250 Million dollar commitment to municipalities to assist with local infrastructure projects.

“This investment provides the predictable and stable infrastructure funding municipalities have asked for in the wake of COVID-19,” said Laurie Scott, Minister of Infrastructure. “With this COVID Stream funding we are working directly with municipal partners to deliver community infrastructure.”

In accordance with Federal government guidelines all applications must be submitted no later than March 31, 2021 and projects must be completed by December 31, 2021.

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