Dryden Mayor Greg Wilson has an innovative idea
"All across Canada, certainly in Dryden, there are buildings that can become eyesores, and they can be very costly to take down," he said.
Wilson would like to see government offer infrastructure grants -- as they do for roads, bridges or water systems -- in order to help cities remove older buildings. Some may cost hundreds of thousands to demolish, especially if they have asbestos in them.
"Communities can end up being at a standstill, because they can't get federal or provincial infrastructure funding to help them at least demolish the current building," the mayor added.
Mayors and councillors from across province are in Ottawa this week, where they'll also be meeting with members of the provincial cabinet. The federal government plans to invest more than $180 billion over 12 years on infrastructure. The province says its Infrastructure Ontario agency has already completed 60 projects worth $19 billion.
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