Ontario Supporting Small, Rural and Northern Communities

Local infrastructure funding will help create jobs and support economic growth in Leeds-Grenville Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes

NEWS                                                                                                                     December 14, 2023

BROCKVILLE — The Ontario government is investing over $8.7 million to help renew and rehabilitate critical infrastructure in Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes. The funding is being delivered through the Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund (OCIF) and is part of the government’s plan to support economic growth and job creation.

“The OCIF allocations announced by Minister Surma will provide critical support to communities across my riding,” said Steve Clark, MPP for Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes. “This program recognizes the importance of renewing and expanding the municipal infrastructure that is so important to our province’s economic success.”

In 2024, the government will allocate $400 million in OCIF funding to help 425 small, rural and northern communities pay for critical infrastructure projects, including road, bridge, water, and wastewater projects. If necessary, a community may accumulate its funding for up to five years to address larger infrastructure projects.

“Small, rural and northern communities need stable funding for their unique infrastructure needs and to provide safe and reliable services,” said Kinga Surma, Minister of Infrastructure. “That’s why our government continues to provide funding, especially during these challenging economic times. Our investments in community infrastructure are helping to create jobs, build stronger local economies, and lay the foundation for a stronger, more resilient Ontario for generations to come.”

OCIF provides funding for local infrastructure projects in communities with populations under 100,000, as well as all rural and northern communities. Funding allocations are based on a formula that takes into account the different needs and economic conditions of each community.


  • In 2023, the Ontario government provided $400 million in funding through OCIF to 425 communities.
  • The government doubled its annual investment for OCIF to nearly $2 billion over five years in 2022 to support more local infrastructure projects in small, rural and northern communities.
  • As announced in Ontario’s 2023 Fall Economic Statement, the government is also protecting communities and unlocking new housing opportunities by investing $200 million over three years to help municipalities repair, rehabilitate and expand critical water, wastewater and stormwater infrastructure. Eligible municipalities will be able to nominate housing-enabling water and wastewater projects in early 2024 through the new Housing-Enabling Water Systems Fund.
  • The 2023 Ontario Economic Outlook and Fiscal Review: Building a Strong Ontario Together continues the government’s responsible, targeted approach, providing the flexibility needed to help address ongoing economic uncertainty and build critical infrastructure in growing communities, while laying a strong fiscal foundation for future generations.


Media Contact:

Erin Merkley

Office of MPP Steve Clark

Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes



MPP Steve Clark is pictured with Edwardsburgh-Cardinal Mayor Tory Deschamps to discuss the more than $550,000 the township is receiving in support through the Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund.
MPP Steve Clark is pictured with North Grenville Mayor and United Counties of Leeds and Grenville Warden Nancy Peckford at his constituency office in Brockville. North Grenville will receive over $885,000  and the United Counties will receive more than $3.4 million in funding through this allocation.