Sioux Lookout, northern municipalities benefiting from NORDS Fund
Tim Brody - Editor
The Ontario government, through its new Northern Ontario Resource Development Support (NORDS) Fund, is providing $15 million annually over the next five years to municipalities in Northern Ontario to support investments in local infrastructure.
All 144 Northern Ontario municipalities, as defined under the Places to Grow Act, 2005, will be eligible to receive NORDS funding.
Funding allocations have been determined using household counts in each municipality.
Funding for year one of the program will be distributed to eligible municipalities by March 31, 2022.
The Municipality of Sioux Lookout’s 2021-22 allocation is $140,608.
“Our government is delivering on our commitment to share the benefits of resource development with northern municipalities,” said Greg Rickford, Minister of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry in a Nov. 24 news release. “Northern communities face unique realities, as do the industries and sectors that drive our northern economy. Programs such as NORDS are central to our vision for building strong northern communities, supporting economic development, and creating optimum conditions for businesses to thrive, grow, and create good jobs.”
The news release explained that NORDS is part of the government’s Building Ontario plan, a comprehensive plan to build transit, health, education, technology and municipal and community infrastructure across the province.
“Our government stands shoulder-to-shoulder with our northern municipalities, and today’s announcement demonstrates how we will continue to ensure they have the resources they need to build strong communities,” said Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. “Our government’s new NORDS Fund will help northern municipalities address unique local challenges and support sustainable long-term growth for residents and businesses.”
“We understand the importance of supporting communities to help address their unique infrastructure needs and challenges,” said Kinga Surma, Minister of Infrastructure. “Through the Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund (OCIF), our government is providing an additional $1 billion over the next five years to support critical infrastructure in small, rural and northern communities. Thanks to important programs like OCIF and the new NORDS Fund, we are building the foundation for Ontario’s economic recovery and prosperity across the province for today and for future generations.”
“The Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association is overjoyed by Minister Rickford’s announcement today of the Northern Ontario Resource Development Support Fund (NORDS). This investment will have a significant positive impact on communities in Northern Ontario. This will support sustainable growth and development and help our region recover post-pandemic. I am so pleased that the Ontario government has taken action to help municipalities fund infrastructure projects across Northern Ontario. We thank you for your continuous efforts and making this funding available to municipalities to better their communities,” stated Wendy Landry, President, Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association.
“The NORDS funding is very welcome. It will help communities address their impacted road networks. We were pleased to work with ministry staff and provide input in the development of this new funding stream. We are thankful that the Ford Government has listened to our members and provided much-needed financial assistance to them,” stated Danny Whalen, President, the Federation of Northern Ontario Municipalities.