Ontario Supporting Small, Rural and Northern Communities

Local infrastructure funding will help create jobs and support economic growth in Tecumseh.

NEWS                                                                                                                      December 12th, 2023

Tecumseh ON — The Ontario government is investing $2,056,244.00 to help renew and rehabilitate critical infrastructure in Tecumseh ON.  The funding is being delivered through the Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund (OCIF) and is part of the government’s plan to support economic growth and job creation.

“Tecumseh leads the way in sound fiscal and asset management for its road, bridge, water and wastewater infrastructure” said Andrew Dowie, MPP For Windsor-Tecumseh.  “I’m proud that the Ontario government is delivering over $2 million from the Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund to support critical infrastructure renewal for Tecumseh residents.”

Tecumseh Mayor Gary McNamara stated: “With the OCIF funding, Tecumseh is poised to embark on transformative projects that will contribute to the growth and well-being of our community. In previous years, the grant was substantially used towards the Manning Road Phase 2 project and more recently, benefited the Tecumseh Road and Storm Improvements. This not only benefits current residents but lays a strong fiscal foundation for future generations, ensuring a vibrant and sustainable Tecumseh for years to come.”

In 2024, the government will allocate $400 million in OCIF funding to help 425 small, rural and northern communities pay for critical infrastructure projects, including road, bridge, water, and wastewater projects. If necessary, a community may accumulate its funding for up to five years to address larger infrastructure projects.

“Small, rural and northern communities need stable funding for their unique infrastructure needs and to provide safe and reliable services,” said Kinga Surma, Minister of Infrastructure. “That’s why our government continues to provide funding, especially during these challenging economic times. Our investments in community infrastructure are helping to create jobs, build stronger local economies, and lay the foundation for a stronger, more resilient Ontario for generations to come.”

OCIF provides funding for local infrastructure projects in communities with populations under 100,000, as well as all rural and northern communities. Funding allocations are based on a formula that takes into account the different needs and economic conditions of each community.

Quick Facts:

  • In 2023, the Ontario government provided $400 million in funding through OCIF to 425 communities.
  • As announced in Ontario’s 2023 Fall Economic Statement, the government is also protecting communities and unlocking new housing opportunities by investing $200 million over three years to help municipalities repair, rehabilitate and expand critical water, wastewater and stormwater infrastructure. Eligible municipalities will be able to nominate housing-enabling water and wastewater projects in early 2024 through the new Housing-Enabling Water Systems Fund.

Additional Resources



Paul Synnott

Executive Assistant Andrew Dowie, MPP


Ph: 519-251-5199 Cell: 226-724-6978

Email: paul.synnott@adowiempp.ca

Mackenzie Vandenburg

Communicatons Officer

Town Of Tecumseh

PH : (519) 735-2184 Extension 138 Cell : 226-350-3665

Email : mvandenburg@tecumseh.ca