Ontario Government Supporting Energy Efficient Public Works Project in the Township of Zorra, Oxford County
WOODSTOCK – Today, the Ontario government announced that it is providing financial support to the Township of Zorra to build a new energy efficient Public Works Maintenance Facility. Through Infrastructure Ontario’s (IO’s) Loan Program, $8,641,000 is being invested to provide affordable, long-term financing for this regionally important infrastructure project.
Plans for the new maintenance facility in Zorra were finalized in early 2021 with a construction completion goal of December, 2021. The projected life span of the facility is over 50 years and will help the Township achieve its goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2040.
“Our government continues to support municipalities here in Oxford and across the province with important infrastructure works and projects to help make our communities healthier and greener,” said Ernie Hardeman, MPP for Oxford. “This loan will go a long way in getting Zorra’s new maintenance facility up and running by the end of the year.”
“I’m very proud of the decision Council made on this Zorra Maintenance Facility project. The existing buildings are long overdue for replacement and not suitable for housing or maintaining the modern equipment needed to maintain our roads,” said Marcus Ryan, Mayor of the Township of Zorra. “With financing assistance from the Province of Ontario, there will be no impact on 2021 property taxes for this building, and I want to thank MPP Hardeman in particular for his efforts on this.”
With more than 440 clients, including municipalities and non-profits, IO’s Loan Program has helped finance various types of infrastructure projects such as the construction of roads, bridges, arena complexes and long-term care homes, and the acquisition and installation of capital assets like fire trucks and energy-efficient lighting.
Supporting modern and efficient public infrastructure is critical for building a strong economy, prosperous communities and creating jobs. The provincial government is committed to protecting people’s health and the economy by investing in infrastructure that improves the quality of life for all Ontarians.
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Ernie Hardeman, MPP Oxford