An Ontario First – Four Communities Obtain $7M in Funding from OCIF

Posted: April 5, 2018

For the first time under the Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund, four communities are working together following a successful joint application to the program’s 2017 top-up application intake.   The grant of $7 million dollars is the second largest grant that Petrolia has been the recipient of, second only to the Wastewater Treatment Plant upgrade grant of $14.3 million.

The approved project will upgrade the Petrolia Water Treatment Plant including new High Lift Pumps and a new clear well.  The project will provide an opportunity to improve these components at the Water Treatment Plant and provide necessary upgrades to continue current operations and to allow for future expansion of service.  The minor expansion of storage will add approximately 100m3, and the isolation of the high lift pumps will lead to better maintenance opportunities at the Plant.

The project is estimated to cost $8 million, and the OCIF top-up allocations made available to Dawn-Euphemia, Enniskillen, Oil Springs and Petrolia for the project will total $7 million.   The province has advised the Town of Petrolia that this is the first time that four municipalities have been successful in obtaining OCIF funding for a joint project.

Mayor John McCharles said, “We are very grateful for the funding, and for what it means for our community.  This partnership is a fine example of what can be accomplished when small municipalities work together.  We all agree that focusing on maintaining our exceptional drinking water quality is paramount.”

Echoing Mayor McCharles, the Mayor of Dawn-Euphemia, Alan Broad said, “A safe supply of exceptional drinking water is extremely important, and we are pleased to be working on this project with our neighbouring municipalities and are most appreciative for the funding from the province.”

Mayor Kevin Marriott of Enniskillen Township cites, “…the importance of the continued supply of safe drinking water cannot be stressed enough.  We are pleased to have the opportunity to proactively undertake these upgrades with the help from the OCIF grant.”

Mayor Ian Veen of Oil Springs stated that “The increased storage is important to all of our communities as we look ahead and plan for growth.  Our continued attention to quality drinking water for our residents remains of utmost importance.”

The four communities are working together on the project.  Work on the site plan is being developed in partnership with the Town of Petrolia’s engineering firm CIMA+.  Public information sessions will be announced soon.  The project is expected to be completed in 2020.



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John McCharles                                                                                             Kevin Marriott

Mayor                                                                                                                   Mayor

Town of Petrolia                                                                                              Township of Enniskillen

411 Greenfield Street                                                                                 4465 Rokeby Line, RR1

Petrolia, Ontario, N0N 1R0                                                                      Petrolia, ON, N0N 1R0

Phone: (519)882-2350                                                                               Phone: (519)882-2490

E-mail: jmccharles@petrolia.ca                                                             E-Mail: enniskillen@live.ca


Alan Broad                                                                                                          Ian Veen

Mayor                                                                                                                   Mayor

Township of Dawn-Euphemia                                                                   Village of Oil Springs

4591 Lambton Line,                                                                                       4591 Oil Springs Line
RR 4 Dresden, ON, N0P 1M0                                                                        Oil Springs, ON, N0N 1P0
Phone: (519)692-5148                                                                                  Phone: (519)834-2939

E-Mail: mayor@dawneuphemia.on.ca                                                    E-Mail: ianveen1@hotmail.com