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Huron County Loses $200k In GreenON Funding

Huron County | by Peter Jackson  

CAO Meighan Wark says funding would have retrofitted social housing apartments.

Huron County may have to look to its capital budget in the short term, to fund projects that would have qualified under the Green Ontario Fund.

That source of provincial funding has been wiped out, since the Progressive Conservatives were elected in June.

The Green Ontario Fund was made possible by the province's cap-and-trade program to curb greenhouse gas emissions, which was eliminated shortly after the Tories came to power.

Huron County Chief Administrative Officer, Meighan Wark tells us that senior staff will have to be ready for any further further funding changes that may come from Queen's Park.

She says it will no longer be business as usual, and that staff will have to be even more careful in evaluating the necessity of proposed projects in the future.

Wark mentions that the issue likely will come up at the annual meeting of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario in Ottawa, which runs from August 19th the the 22nd.

News of the abolition of the Green Ontario Project came down, as Huron County was expecting over $200 thousand for retrofits to social housing apartments.

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