The provincial and federal governments have announced a joint venture that involves investing more than $115 million in municipal infrastructure in the greater Toronto and Hamilton area (GTHA).
The Government of Canada will be investing more than $92 million in municipalities through the COVID-19 Resilience Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program, while the Government of Ontario is contributing more than $23 million.
The majority of the funding will go towards the rehabilitation of active transit infrastructure, the development of modern and accessible recreational options, and upgrades and replacement of equipment in health and emergency facilities in communities across the GTHA.
As part of this investment, the Town of Oakville will be receiving $1,859,925 from the federal government, and $464,981 from the Province; while the City of Burlington will be receiving $681,760 from the federal government, and $170,440 from the Province; the Town of Milton will be receiving $2,164,706 from the federal government, and $541,176 from the Province; and the Town of Halton Hills will be receiving $322,574 from the federal government, and $80,644 from the Province.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has had a major impact on the wellbeing of all Canadians and ensuring that residents have access to safe and inclusive community spaces is essential. Catherine McKenna, Federal Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, said in a news release.
“Across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area we’re investing over $92 million—80 cents on every dollar—through the COVID-19 Resilience Municipal Stream to support municipalities with better ventilation in buildings such a as shelters, improved accessibility, sidewalk upgrades and new bike lanes, to improve safety and access for residents now and in the future. Canada’s infrastructure plan invests in thousands of projects, creates jobs across the country, and builds stronger, more resilient communities,” she continued.