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Ottawa receives funding to upgrade shelters and transportation

Ottawa receives funding to upgrade shelters and transportation

OTTAWA—The City of Ottawa will be receiving more than $11.2 million to support the rehabilitation of community and municipal buildings across the city and improve active transportation options.

The funding from the federal and provincial governments will go towards improving air ventilation and digital connectivity at the Carling Family Shelter and the Cornerstone Women’s Shelter will undergo building renovations and repairs to the electrical, mechanical and security systems as well as upgraded flooring.

Additional investments will improve sidewalks and multi-use pathways, create new pedestrian crossovers, and add new picnic facilities and wayfinding signs in public areas, indicates a release.

The Government of Canada is investing over $8.9 million through the COVID-19 Resilience Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure plan and the Government of Ontario is contributing more than $2.2 million.

“As we continue to battle this crisis, we are ensuring that residents of Ottawa have access to safe and inclusive community spaces,” said Catherine McKenna, federal minister of infrastructure and communities, in a statement. “Federal funding of 80 cents on every dollar is supporting projects across the city, from multi-use pathways and picnic facilities to public WiFi access. We are also rehabilitating the Carling Family Shelter and Cornerstone Women’s Shelter so they can continue the great work that they do, providing critical services to our most vulnerable residents of Ottawa, and ensure that they are in a comfortable and safe environment.”

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