The health and well-being of Canadians are top priorities for the governments of Canada and Ontario. Communities across Ontario are on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic and need assistance to ensure their municipal and community infrastructure is safe and reliable.
That is why both levels of government have been taking decisive action to support families, businesses, and communities, and continue to look ahead to see what more can be done in these unprecedented times. This includes a combined investment of $51.2 million to support infrastructure in communities to help protect the health of residents, create jobs, and promote economic recovery.
Today, MPP Andrea Khanjin, MPP Doug Downey, MP Brassard and MP Doug Shipley, announced close to $3 million dollars in joint funding for 3 projects in Barrie to improve municipal infrastructure.
• Kidds Creek Stormwater Pond upgrades - The project will upgrade the Sunnidale Stormwater Pond in Barrie, Ontario
• Repaving Dunlop Street for active transportation - The project will pave shoulders along both sides of Dunlop Street West between Ferndale Drive North and Miller Drive in Barrie, Ontario
• Rehabilitation of the Multi-Use Trail along Lakeshore - The project will resurface and widen 930 metres of multi-use waterfront commuter trail from the Kiwanis Pavilion to downtown in Barrie, Ontario
This investment is being made through the COVID-19 Resilience Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program, a cost-shared, application-based infrastructure funding opportunity.
The Government of Canada is investing over $2,388,442.40 toward these three projects while the Government of Ontario is contributing more than $597,110.60.
Funding will support the development of modern and accessible recreational spaces, and the replacement of equipment in health and emergency facilities. Additional investments will support increased options for active transportation, and the renovation of municipal buildings and community centres to provide safe and welcoming spaces for residents across Barrie and Simcoe County. These investments will provide thousands of residents with access to modern local infrastructure where they can safely maintain an active and healthy lifestyle.
“Many people choose to live in our community for the beauty of Lake Simcoe and the abundant outdoor activities” said Andrea Khanjin, MPP for Barrie-Innisfil. “This investment will ensure generations of people in our community can enjoy the outdoor trails by Lake Simcoe while also having the option to continue on the trails to the many local small businesses in downtown Barrie. This funding will also help keep Lake Simcoe and its surrounding infrastructure clean and safe, contributing to people’s health and well-being.”
“Even though we rely heavily on it, local infrastructure can be easily overlooked as we go about our buys, daily lives. Yet investing in reliable infrastructure helps ensure our communities are able to sustain and grow successfully in the years to come,” said Doug Downey, MPP for Barrie – Springwater – Oro-Medonte. “This funding partnership will support us on the road to recovery and help us focus on the future; how we can improve the places we work, play and live for the next generation.”
“I am pleased to announce this funding which will support our community as it continues to respond to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic” said Doug Shipley, MP for Barrie-Springwater- Oro-Medonte. “Like so many others, residents of our community have been significantly impacted over the last year and a half, and this funding will be a significant investment in supporting infrastructure and promoting our economic recovery.”
“This funding will help in three key areas important to our residents: the environment, active transportation, and the waterfront” said John Brassard, MP for Barrie-Innisfil. “It also aligns with the City of Barrie’s strategic priorities so I know this funding will be used in a way that improves the lives of families.”
• Through the Investing in Canada infrastructure plan, the Government of Canada is investing more than $180 billion over 12 years in public transit projects, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, trade and transportation routes, and Canada’s rural and northern communities.
• Ontario is investing over $10.2 billion under the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program to improve public transit; community, culture and recreation; green, and rural and northern community and other priority infrastructure.
• To support Canadians and communities during the COVID-19 pandemic, a COVID-19 Resilience Infrastructure stream has been added to the over $33-billion Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program to help fund pandemic-resilient infrastructure. Existing program streams have also been adapted to include more eligible project categories.
• The new COVID-19 Resilience stream will provide up to $1.05 billion in combined federal-provincial funding for infrastructure projects across Ontario, including: up to $700 million for education-related projects; an allocation-based program that will deliver up to $250 million to municipalities to address critical local infrastructure needs and; up to $100 million for long-term care projects. Part of the local government infrastructure funding includes a minimum of $6.5 million in shared federal-provincial funding for Indigenous and off-reserve education projects.