Thursday, June 13, 2024
Letters to the Editor

Funding increased for Pontiac’s towns

Dear Editor,

Infrastructure forms the backbone of our communities. The quality of a region’s infrastructure is a critical index of its socio-economic vitality. For our small towns, it makes them good places in which to live, work and raise a family. That’s why it was big news this week when the federal government announced it would increase its portion of financial support for rural infrastructure projects to 60 per cent.
Canadians know our Trudeau government is making major investments to build community infrastructure, alongside provincial and municipal partners, who have historically carried the burden of infrastructure investments without stable federal support. Just ask any mayor how hard it is for a municipal government to pay for a significant portion of water, internet, bridge or library construction projects. Unlike urban centres with large populations, rural communities have a limited tax base and often lack the capital investment required to partner with the other orders of government on major projects.

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