THUNDER BAY, ONT. — The governments of Canada and Ontario have announced $15 million in spending on civic infrastructure intended to promote health and well-being in municipalities across Northern Ontario.
The COVID-19 Resilience Infrastructure Stream, implemented in response to the pandemic, allows the federal government to cover 80 per cent of total eligible costs for projects in provinces and up to 100 per cent for projects in territories and Indigenous communities.
The majority of the funding announced will support the rehabilitation of water and wastewater infrastructure and repairs to municipal public works buildings and fire halls. Additional investments will support upgrades to parks, recreational facilities and active transportation networks of multi-use paths and trails for residents across Northern Ontario.
In the City of Thunder Bay, a network of multi-use trails will be widened and rehabilitated with new gravel, better drainage and wayfinding signs. New rest areas with benches will also be built.
“Thanks to this funding, we will be able to advance construction of our Waterfront Trail and renew four other multiuse trails in the city. These upgrades will be a welcome investment, facilitating active lifestyles, increased connectivity and expanded active transportation in our community,” stated Thunder Bay Mayor Bill Mauro in a statement.