Other Leeds & Grenville Municipalities to Benefit as well Including, Augusta, TLTI, Gananoque, Notth Grenville and Leeds-Grenville!
By Alan Medcalf – Active Brockville
Brockville – Ontario’s momentum toward becoming a more bicycle-friendly province took a big step forward today with the announcement of funding details in the first year’s tranche of the Ontario Municipal Commuter Cycling Program (OMCCP). Brockville’s grant for 2018 will be $183,362.
This year, Ontario will be investing $93 million to provide safe and low-cost commuting options for residents by enabling people to ride their bikes. This represents a doubling of the initial investment of $42.5 million, announced earlier this year.
In July, Brockville City Council passed a motion supporting the recommendation from the cycling advisory committee and senior staff to apply to participate in OMCCP. (See previous article here.)
Today’s OMCCP announcement also links to a listing of the municipalities included in the first year and their grant amounts. Local and regional recipients include Brockville ($183K), Augusta ($25K), Frontenac County ($120K), Gananoque ($25), Kingston ($1.33M), Lanark County ($548K), Leeds and Grenville ($303K), TLTI ($25K), Mississippi Mills ($25K), North Grenville ($76K), Perth ($25K), and Smiths Falls ($25K).
Under the terms of the OMCC Program, the development and approval of a cycling or active transportation (AT) master plan by the municipality must be the first project. Brockville City Council approved the application on this basis in July. The AT plan will be funded 2/3 by OMCCP and 1/3 by the City through the cycling advisory committee.
As Brockville’s OMCCP grant covers 2/3 of project costs, the grant will result in approximately 5.5 fulltime job-years of local employment in 2018, and will help move Brockville toward becoming a more bicycle friendly community, better able to attract and retain talent, families and new businesses.
In 2016, Brockville was awarded $325,000 in the Ontario Municipal Cycling Infrastructure Program. Those funds, matched by an equal amount from the City, other grants, donations and in-kind, are being used to complete the Laurier-Centennial and “401 corridor” extensions of the Brock Trail. This latest OMCCP grant is the first in a committed four-year stream. The amount of $183,362 for 2018 can be used to cover 2/3 of qualified projects, the first of which will be the development of an active transportation plan for Brockville.
Of economic note, apart from the other benefits that the deliverables provide to the community, the two grants themselves, when the required matching from other sources is included, total $925,000. That is money all spent locally into our economy, creating the equivalent of approximately 18.5 fulltime job-years.
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