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Funds for infrastructure to flow this week: Baird

Long-awaited stimulus funding promised to municipalities for work onroads, sewers and other projects will flow this week, federalInfrastructure Minister John Baird has pledged.

Long-awaited stimulus funding promised to municipalities for work on roads, sewers and other projects will flow this week, federal Infrastructure Minister John Baird has pledged.

In an open letter yesterday to mayors and councillors in the GTA — who say they have yet to receive a cent of the money promised in January — Baird assures them that Ottawa is a “willing funding partner.”

But for the stimulus measures to work, “your councils and officials have to get projects going,’’ he adds.
Ottawa has come under fire for the slow flow of dollars since the $4 billion Infrastructure Stimulus Fund was announced in the January budget.

Many GTA municipalities say they haven’t received any formal contribution agreements from Ontario, which is responsible for distributing the federal cash — making them tentative about going ahead with their list of projects.

In June, Ottawa and the province announced funding for nearly 1,200 projects across Ontario.

Some municipalities — York, Halton and Peel regions, as well as Mississauga, Brampton, Mark­ham, Richmond Hill and Oakville — have been reluctant to go ahead without signed agreements, though the construction season is passing quickly.

 
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