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COVID community infrastructure funding to benefit 129 Ontario communities

COVID community infrastructure funding to benefit 129 Ontario communities

WATERLOO, ONT. — The governments of Canada and Ontario have announced spending of $51.2 million on community projects in 129 communities across Ontario through the COVID-19 Resilience Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program.

The federal share of the spending amounts to 80 per cent of the funding under the program, stated a June 29 release. Benefiting communities are located in southwestern, midwestern and central Ontario.

The funding will support the development of recreational spaces, the replacement of equipment in health and emergency facilities, improvements to active transportation infrastructure, and the renovation of municipal infrastructure and community centres, among other projects.

Among the projects funded will be improvements to the Sunnyside Long Term Care Home in the Region of Waterloo including the purchase of two new generators, upgrades to the HVAC system and exhaust fans to improve air quality at the facility.

Other Waterloo projects include widening an asphalt multi-use-path along Laurelwood Drive and planting 350 native trees across the city.

Waterloo Mayor Dave Jaworsky commented, “The installation of an elevator into the historic Button Factory will ensure this popular community arts centre is accessible to even more people. The planting of 350 native trees across the city adds to the beautiful tree canopy of the community.”

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