PARRY SOUND, ON-Parry Sound will be getting thousands of dollars to boost its infrastructure.

Premier Doug Ford, MPP for Parry Sound-Muskoka Norm Miller and Ontario Minister of Infrastructure Laurie Scott were at the Charles W. Stockey Centre for the Performing Arts to announce that they will be dumping almost $200 million into the Ontario Community and Infrastructure Fund for this year and $746,185.00 of that will be going to projects in Parry Sound.

Such projects include fixing roads, bridges, water and wastewater infrastructure.

Ford said that investing in rural infrastructure is key to keeping communities happy and safe and will help boost the local economy.

Ford said for the past 15 years, the government did not support infrastructure to the level they could have, now however, the government is putting money towards repairing highways and bridges in rural communities.

On top of the money that is going to Parry Sound, Scott said that over $5.8 million will be spread out among 26 municipalities in Parry Sound and Muskoka to help them with their own infrastructure.

Miller said that he is aware that small municipalities like Parry-Sound and Muskoka have struggles in maintaining their essential infrastructure and is excited to have this funding come to the area. He said that this money will “help our communities attract both people and businesses.”