Infrastructure Investment Funding

The City's Infrastructure Investment Funding (IIF) levy allows the City to fix infrastructure while significantly reducing debt and saving residents millions of dollars.

As part of the 2023 Business Plan and Budget, Council increased the contribution to the IIF levy to 2% for the next three years. The extra 1% will go directly to maintaining the City’s stormwater infrastructure, which helps to mitigate flooding and protect Lake Simcoe.

Like most municipalities, Barrie has a significant gap between the amount of money available each year to maintain its infrastructure and the amount of money needed to ensure infrastructure remains in a state of good repair.

In 2015 the City introduced the IIF levy (formerly the Dedicated Infrastructure Renewal Fund levy) to help address this problem by closing the gap. The funding is used only for the replacement and rehabilitation of Barrie’s roads, bridges, buildings and other infrastructure.

Investing a percentage of property taxes into this dedicated funding levy allows for increased, transparent funding to keep more of our infrastructure well maintained and avoid costly repairs, while reducing the City’s debt substantially.

What is Infrastructure

Our infrastructure refers to the physical assets that the City uses to deliver services to our community. The City currently owns approximately​ $5 billion worth of infrastructure, which includes our roads, bridges, stormwater drains and sewers, streetlights, sidewalks, community centres, water treatment facilities, buses and much more.

Why Infrastructure Matters

Just like we need strong bones to keep us healthy and active, cities need well-maintained infrastructure to keep our communities safe, healthy and livable. It makes people and businesses want to locate here and is a key ingredient to building and supporting a strong, vibrant city.

The Importance in Maintaining our Infrastructure

Maintaining our infrastructure is important not only because it saves us money on expensive emergency repairs, but also because it helps protect the health and safety of our citizens by decreasing the risk of a major failure such as a water main bursting or road crumbling.

The City's Asset Managem​ent Plans​ assess the amount of investment required to ensure our assets can continue to safely and reliably deliver services.        

How Infrastructure is Funded

Infrastructure is funded through a combination of property taxes, reserve funds, development charges, debt financing and funding from Provincial and Federal Governments through gas taxes.   

Highlighted Impacts

Since its creation in 2015, the IIF levy has generated approximately $44.2M to help fund such projects as:

  • R​econstruction of major roads including Morrow Road and Mapleview Drive East (Huronia – Country Lane).
  • Dunlop Streetscape P​roject – Toronto to Mulcaster
  • Kidds and Sophia Creek Storm Pond Upgrades
  • Neighbourhood Renewal Projects including Wellington, Allandale and ​Queens Park (preconstruction phases)
  • Bell Farm Road ROW Expa​nsion  ​
  • Duckworth Street New Transmission Watermain and ROW Expansion
  • Hurst Drive Road Reconstruction – Cox Mill to Golden Meadow
  • Various Facility Renewal projects​
  • Dunlop, Poyntz and Berczy New Watermain and ROW Replacement