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Mississauga and federal governments celebrate Canada 150 improvements

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Mississauga and federal governments celebrate Canada 150 improvements

MISSISSAUGA, ONT.—The City of Mississauga and the federal government recently got together to mark Canada 150 improvements to 19 trails, 26 playgrounds and a number of renovation projects including work at local parks and community centres.

Mississauga received almost $5.6 million in Government of Canada funding to upgrade 54 infrastructure projects through the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program (CIP 150), a $300-million national fund that was established to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday.

Of that amount, the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario is delivering funding of up to $88.8 million across southern Ontario.

The event, held last month, included an indigenous land acknowledgment by the Peel Aboriginal Network and a spoken word tribute by the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation, an opportunity for the public to view project boards as well as an interpretive walk along Riverwood trails, states a release issued by the City of Mississauga.

"Together with our federal partners, we have made key infrastructure investments in parks all across Mississauga, creating a long-lasting Canada 150 legacy," said Mayor Bonnie Crombie in a statement. "Our playgrounds are more accessible, our trail systems are safer and a number of our facilities have been modernized to ensure that more of our residents can enjoy our naturally enriching spaces."

"With the CIP 150 Intake 1 and 2 funding, we have been able to address the infrastructure upgrades which we had identified as priorities," said Janice Baker, city manager and chief administrative officer. "Intake 1 projects have been completed. Intake 2 projects have either begun or will begin shortly and will be completed by March 31, 2018."

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