Today, Andrea Khanjin, MPP for Barrie-Innisfil announced that the province is providing Innisfil with $59,211 through the Connecting Links Program to support improving pedestrian crossing on Queen Street in Innisfil.
"From day one I have been fighting to make sure Barrie and Innisfil have the needed road investments to improve the quality of life in our community. The funding Innisfil will be receiving will make our roads safer for pedestrians and motorists alike,” said Andrea Khanjin, MPP for Barrie-Innisfil. “Our government is committed to helping Ontario’s economy recover, and improving roads is essential in supporting the movement of goods and people within our province.”
“We’re pleased to receive support from the Ontario Government through the Connecting Links Program to help improve pedestrian crossing on one of our busiest roadways,” said Mayor Dollin. “This funding addresses a critical gap in the Town’s trail network by enhancing connectivity with the existing network and Cookstown’s downtown shopping district.”
“By investing in our roads and bridges, vital links that connect people to jobs, we’re supporting the movement of goods and creating economic growth in local communities,” said Caroline Mulroney, Minister of Transportation. “This funding not only helps municipalities maintain local infrastructure, but also supports projects that make roads safer, such as improvements to pedestrian crossings.”
Connecting Links are municipal roads that connect provincial highways through communities and to international and interprovincial border crossings. Through the Connecting Links Program, funding will be provided to eligible municipalities of up to 90 per cent of eligible project costs, up to a maximum of $3 million for road projects. In response to municipal feedback, starting in 2021-22, the province is permanently raising the maximum amount of available funding for bridge projects from $3 million to $5 million to reflect the higher costs of maintaining and repairing bridges compared to roads.
Eligible municipalities are also encouraged to apply for funding for the 2022-23 Connecting Links Program, which will be open to applications later this year.
Ontario is investing $30 million to help 14 municipalities repair roads and bridges through the Connecting Links Program. This funding is part of the province’s commitment to more than $21 billion smart investments in highway, road, and bridge projects over the next 10 years, which will contribute significantly to the COVID-19 recovery.
Connecting Links projects are reviewed based on technical need and safety considerations such bridge and road condition, need for repair in the near term and cost effectiveness.
Eligible costs include the design, construction, renewal, rehabilitation and replacement of municipal roads and bridges that connect two ends of a provincial highway through a community or to a border crossing.
In Ontario, there are a total of 352 kilometres of Connecting Links, with 70 bridges in 77 municipalities.