MPP Dave Smith Announces Ontario Community Infrastructure Funding

Published on January 27, 2021


This morning MPP Dave Smith was joined by local mayors to make an announcement virtually that the Ontario government is making another investment in small, rural and northern communities. Through the Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund (OCIF), Ontario continues to support municipalities as they build and repair roads, bridges, water and wastewater infrastructure.

This year, Peterborough-Kawartha will receive more than $3.2M across 7 municipalities to address their local community infrastructure needs.

“Today is another example of our commitment to long-term economic growth. This investment will build the critical infrastructure needed for our economic recovery by repairing roads, bridges and water infrastructure,” MPP Dave Smith said. “This $3.2 million investment is a vital injection into our local economy,” MPP Smith added.

“We are extremely grateful for the OCIF funding from the Province again this year. Sustained, formula-based funding provides the County with the funds to support much needed infrastructure needs in the County.  Our Asset Management Plans identifies the investments needed to support our infrastructure needs for the years to come.  Our ability to allocate Provincial funding to support these projects demonstrates that the Province is a true partner in support of our communities,” J. Murray Jones, Peterborough County Warden added.

“Thank you to MPP Dave Smith and the Provincial government for its 2021 OCIF investment of $178,490 in Selwyn Township to assist with maintaining local infrastructure”, said Selwyn Mayor, Andy Mitchell. 

Total investment in communities across Peterborough-Kawartha are as follows:



OCIF Allocation 2021

City of Peterborough


County of Peterborough


Municipality of Trent Lakes


Township of Douro-Dummer


Township of Havelock-Belmont-Methuen


Township of North Kawartha


Township of Selwyn


Total for Riding:


The funding above is a part of Ontario’s approximately $200 million commitment to 424 communities to help them address their core infrastructure projects and asset management planning needs in 2021.


“By investing in infrastructure projects across the province, we are strengthening and building communities,” said Laurie Scott, Minister of Infrastructure. “This is part of our ongoing commitment to support small, rural and northern municipalities across Ontario, providing stable funding needed to build long-term economic resilience."



  • The Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund provides stable and predictable funding for communities with populations under 100,000, along with all rural and northern communities.
  • Approximately $200 million in funding was allocated to small, rural and northern communities for 2021. Municipalities may accumulate their OCIF funding for up to five years to address larger infrastructure projects.
  • Ontario also provides funding to communities through the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP), a $30-billion, 10-year infrastructure program cost-shared between federal, provincial and municipal governments. Ontario’s share per project will be up to 33.33 per cent, or $10.2 billion spread across four streams: Rural and Northern, Public Transit, Green, and Community, Culture and Recreation.