TORONTO — The governments of Canada and Ontario have announced funding of $115 million to be spent on civic health and recreation infrastructure in municipalities across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.
The Government of Canada is allocating $92.1 million through the COVID-19 Resilience Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program, and the Government of Ontario is contributing $23 million.
The majority of funding will support the rehabilitation of active transit infrastructure, the development of new recreational options, and upgrades and replacement of equipment in health and emergency facilities in communities across the region, stated a June 9 release.
Additional funding will support the renovation of municipal buildings, community centres and cultural facilities.
The COVID-19 funding stream has been established with the federal government assuming an 80 per cent share of costs on provincial projects.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has had a major impact on the well-being of all Canadians and ensuring that residents have access to safe and inclusive community spaces is essential,” said federal Minister of Infrastructure and Communities Catherine McKenna in a statement. “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 building such as shelters, improved accessibility, sidewalk upgrades and new bike lanes, to improve safety and access for residents now and in the future.”