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NOTL receives $815,143 for infrastructure repair
A portion of the provincial funding will be spent on road repaving on Gate Street, from Anne to John streets. (Dariya Baiguzhiyeva/Niagara Now)

The Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake has received $815,143 in funding through the Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund.

In total, the province has distributed about $200 million to 424 communities across Ontario in 2020.

The provincial program, launched in 2014, provides funding to small, rural and northern communities to repair local infrastructure, including roads, bridges, water and wastewater infrastructure, according to a provincial media statement issued on Jan. 17. 

All small municipalities with a population of less than 100,000, plus all northern and rural municipalities are eligible for a grant.

In NOTL, the funding will be split among four capital projects, said town spokesperson Lauren Kruitbosch.

The biggest portion of the grant, $350,000, will be spent on a road resurfacing project on Four Mile Creek Road from Wall to Lakeshore roads.

The town also allocated $100,000 of the money to repave Four Mile Creek Road, from Hunter to Wall roads and another $165,143 will be spent on road resurfacing on Circle Street in the Chautauqua neighbourhood.

Lastly, the town will spend $200,000 on a project on Gate Street, from Anne to John streets.

These are just costs provided through the provincial fund, not the complete cost of the projects.

The provincial infrastructure funding allocated to NOTL has also increased in the past five years. Previously, the town received $796,298 in 2019; $518,451 in 2018; $366,001 in 2017; $195,245 in 2016 and $195,245 in 2015. 

Among the other 11 regional municipalities that received money, Thorold will get $470,298, $1,112,750 was allocated for Grimsby, $418,760 for Port Colborne, Wainfleet will get $50,000 and Lincoln will receive $616,612.

Niagara Falls will receive the largest portion in the Niagara region – $3,370,443. West Lincoln will get $272,786; Welland $950,916, Fort Erie $1,076,740 and Pelham $483,112.