Feds give local municipalities $7 million from Gas Tax Fund

In total, the fund gives over $782.1 million to Ontario’s municipal governments this year

Municipalities across Sarnia-Lambton are getting over $7 million from the federal government’s Gas Tax Fund.

Lambton County is getting $3.8 million, Sarnia gets $2.2 million, St. Clair Township will see $440,000, Plympton-Wyoming is granted $230,000, Petrolia gets $168,000, Enniskillen gets $89,000, Point Edward will see $61,800, and Oil Springs is getting $21,400. 

The funding structure allows municipalities to address their individual priorities, according to Marilyn Gladu, Sarnia-Lambton MP.

The flexibility lets communities make strategic investments across 18 different project categories, including roads and bridges, public transit, drinking water and wastewater infrastructure, and recreational facilities. Communities can use the funds immediately for priority projects, bank the funds for later use, pool the dollars with other communities for shared infrastructure projects, or use it to finance major infrastructure expenditures, according to a Government of Canada news release.

“After hearing directly from our municipalities about the need for more funding at the recent Infrastructure Roundtable I organized, I am pleased to support this announcement for our community, and will continue to work hard to ensure Sarnia-Lambton’s needs are met at the Federal level,” said Gladu.

“Federal gas tax funding allows the County to re-invest into more of its assets each year,” said Lambton County Warden Bill Weber.  “With over $12 million budgeted for road and bridge projects in 2017, this funding envelope represents a sizeable and reliable revenue stream for the County’s construction program.”

Each year, the federal Gas Tax Fund makes over $2 billion available, and provides each community across Canada with a permanent, predictable, and indexed source of long-term funding.

Since the program was first introduced in 2005, over $7.9 billion has been provided to Ontario communities through the federal Gas Tax Fund.

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