On July 7, 2008, a letter (from the COMRIF Management Committee Co-Chairs has been sent to municipalities outlining the extension application process and the timelines.
Municipalities requesting an extension must provide the following details by September 30, 2008:
Information should be sent to the COMRIF Joint Secretariat.top of page
The federal and provincial governments continue to work together on implementing projects already announced under the first three intakes of COMRIF.
While there will be no more funding available through COMRIF, the federal and provincial governments are negotiating an agreement for the delivery of new infrastructure funding in Ontario, under the Building Canada Plan.
The governments of Canada and Ontario remain committed to improving public infrastructure in small urban and rural municipalities throughout the province.top of page
The Canada-Ontario Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund (COMRIF) is a federal-provincial-municipal program to improve and renew municipal infrastructure across Ontario. It is designed to respond to the infrastructure needs of small urban centres and rural municipalities with populations of less than 250,000. COMRIF is a five-year program, launched on November 15, 2004.top of page
The governments of Canada and Ontario have each invested up to $298 million over five years to improve public infrastructure in small urban and rural municipalities throughout the province. With municipal contributions, COMRIF is expected to stimulate up to $900 million in total capital investments in Ontario.top of page
COMRIF responds to local needs by making infrastructure improvements to provide clean, safe drinking water, better sewage systems, upgraded waste management processes, and safer roads and bridges. COMRIF targets "green" infrastructure projects to meet Canada's and Ontario's environmental objectives, while improving the health and safety of Ontario residents. Other priorities include public transit; cultural, recreational and tourist infrastructure; environmental energy improvements; and connectivity.top of page
COMRIF project selection was a competitive, merit-based process using three key criteria to evaluate project proposals: health and safety, public policy priorities, and value for money. The evaluation was based on the information provided by the applicants in the application form, business case and related technical schedules.top of page
Applications underwent a rigorous evaluation process that involved consultation with technical ministries and departments.
Projects were assessed using three criteria: health and safety, public policy priorities, and value for money. Projects that best met these criteria, including support for federal and provincial policy directions — such as greenhouse gas reduction, sustainable water and sewage systems, economic development, and increased waste diversion — were selected for funding.top of page
The governments of Canada and Ontario set up the COMRIF Joint Secretariat, which provides municipalities single-window access to the program.
The Joint Secretariat is composed of employees of Industry Canada and the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. As needed, the Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario (FedNor), the Ontario ministries of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Transportation, Environment, and Northern Development and Mines, along with other departments, ministries and agencies, as appropriate, participate in the Joint Secretariat's activities to provide technical expertise.top of page
The Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) works to support and enhance strong and effective municipal government in Ontario. AMO's presence as a COMRIF partner brings an increased municipal perspective and ensures a direct communication channel with municipal governments.
AMO has been active in the design of COMRIF to ensure the program meets local priorities and needs. AMO provides the municipal perspective in the overall management of the program, and will disseminate COMRIF information to its membership.
AMO, however, is not involved in any funding decisions under COMRIF.top of page
In the case of an approved COMRIF project, a municipality can use some of its gas tax funding for a portion of the municipal contribution, so long as the total federal contribution does not exceed 50% of the project’s eligible cost.
The COMRIF project would have to be eligible in its own right for gas tax investment and all other gas tax investment requirements would have to be met.top of page
Yes. As part of their long-term strategy for infrastructure development, both governments offer several programs to help address municipal infrastructure needs. For more information on available programs, please see our Partners page.top of page
The Asset Management Program (AMP) is a component of COMRIF aimed at helping eligible municipalities and Local Services Boards (LSBs) to improve and increase their capacity to manage their infrastructure assets. Communities can use this funding to enhance knowledge of their existing infrastructure assets; evaluate life-cycle costs associated with the infrastructure they own and operate; assess the capacity of current infrastructure and identify future needs; plan and make infrastructure financing decisions; and train municipal staff in long-term infrastructure management.top of page
As set out in the COMRIF Agreement, up to one per cent of the federal and provincial contributions to COMRIF, or $5.96 million, is dedicated to the AMP. Including a one-third municipal/Local Services Board matching contribution, the total investment under the AMP will reach almost $9 million.top of page
Funding was calculated according to a formula that combines a minimum base amount plus per capita allocations, each representing 50 per cent of total available funding. Adjustments to the formula have been made to address the funding realities of single-tier vs. lower- and upper-tier municipalities.