The thirteen local projects include funding for the City Hall Clock Tower Revitalization Project in Brockville. In the photo are from left to right: MP Michael Barrett, Acting Mayor Cameron Wales, and MPP Steve Clark. – Submitted Photo
Investments Improve, Protect Municipal Buildings, Recreational and Community Infrastructure
BROCKVILLE — The health and well-being of Canadians are top priorities for the governments of Canada and Ontario. Communities across Ontario are on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic and need immediate assistance to ensure their municipal and community infrastructure is safe and reliable.
That is why both levels of government have been taking decisive action to support families, businesses and communities, and continue to look ahead to see what more can be done in these unprecedented times. This includes a combined new investment of $22.2 million to support infrastructure in communities to help protect the health of residents, create jobs, and promote economic recovery.
Michael Barrett, MP for Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes and MPP Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, have together announced $1.35 Million in joint funding for thirteen projects across our region to improve municipal infrastructure.
These thirteen area investments are being made through the COVID-19 Resilience Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program, a cost-shared, application-based infrastructure funding opportunity.
“It’s thanks to the hardworking people of our community, and the cooperation of all levels of government that we are able to deliver public services, and create spaces and opportunities for residents to enjoy the parks, trails, activities, and programs that our community has to offer,” said Michael Barrett.
“These projects are an excellent example of all three levels of government working together for the benefit of our communities,” said Steve Clark. “Each project is important to the community, and are flexible to differing needs – supporting history in Brockville with the Clock Tower, beautiful waterfront projects in Prescott and Cardinal, a fire truck in Athens, and recreational improvements in other locations.”
Funding announced will support upgrades to improve and protect important municipal buildings such as town centres and emergency and healthcare facilities. Additional investments will rehabilitate recreational and community infrastructure across Eastern Ontario, and include improvements to local trail and pedestrian path systems. These investments will provide thousands of residents with access to modern recreational infrastructure where they can safely maintain an active and healthy lifestyle.
The City of Brockville will receive $105,632 to repair windows and renovate pillars and other structural elements of the clock tower at City Hall. ”The Clock Tower at City Hall is an iconic part of Brockville’s skyline, and a key piece of our municipal infrastructure Funding from the Federal Gas Tax and Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program will allow us to revitalize and preserve this important asset,” said Acting Mayor Cameron Wales.
|Municipality||Project Name||Total Eligible Cost||Detailed Project Description|
|Township of Augusta||Augusta Public Works Building Renovations||$ 100,000||The project will renovate a public works building that will include moving and adding walls, and installing insulation and sub-floors to improve energy efficiency, modernize the building and make better use of space.|
|Township of Edwardsburgh Cardinal||Cardinal Waterfront Multi-Use Path||$ 100,000||The project will construct a multi-use, accessible pathway along the waterfront and install park benches, planters and shade areas.|
|Municipality of North Grenville||Renovation and Construction of Reception Area||$ 100,000||The project will upgrade the community centre in Kemptville by reorganizing open areas and installing safety barriers, new IT and telecom wiring, lighting and security doors.|
|Township of Front of Yonge||Addition to Municipal Administration office||$ 100,000||The project will construct an addition to the municipal administration building in Mallorytown. The work will involve excavating a portion of the existing parking lot and back yard, constructing the foundation, walls and roof, and installing windows and doors.|
|Village of Westport||Rehabilitation of Village Sidewalks||$ 100,000||The project will rehabilitate sidewalks throughout Westport.|
|City of Brockville||City Hall Clock Tower Revitalization||$ 105,632||The project will repair windows and renovate pillars and other structural elements of the clock tower at Brockville City Hall.|
|Township of Leeds and the Thousand Islands||Enhancing Outdoor Recreation at Centennial Park||$ 100,000||The project will replace the play structure and construct new accessible pathways at Centennial Park in Seeley’s Bay.|
|United Counties of Leeds and Grenville||Install 2 Generac Generators for Back-Up power||$ 150,525||The project will provide back-up power generators for two county-owned facilities at 32 Wall Street in Brockville and 375 William Street in Gananoque.|
|Town of Prescott||Active Transportation Rehabilitation and Improvements||$ 100,516||This project will repair and refurbish 1.5 kilometres of waterfront paths in Prescott. Other work will involve adding solar lighting along the paths as needed, constructing shade structures in Centennial Park and Riverwalk Park, and adding four spots for bicycle parking and two bike repair stations|
|Township of Athens||Emergency Response Upgrade||$ 100,000||The project will purchase a new fire pumper truck in Athens.|
|Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority||Cataraqui Trail Improvements (Rideau Lakes)||$ 100,000||The project will improve the Cataraqui Trail in Rideau Lakes. The work will involve resurfacing part of the multi-use trail, installing gates to delineate road crossings and to prevent vehicle access, and placing signage along the trail.|
|Township of Elizabethtown-Kitley||Repairs and Upgrades for Township Facilities||$ 97,000||The project will upgrade municipal buildings throughout Elizabethtown-Kitley. The work will involve adding ceiling insulation as well as upgrading and replacing HVAC systems, windows and exterior doors at the Administration Building, Fire Station, Waste Site Office, Satellite Office and Library, and Spring Valley Library.|
|Village of Merrickville-Wolford||Community Centre Upgrades||$ 100,000||The project will upgrade the community centre in Merrickville. The work will involve upgrading the HVAC system to include an ERV system air exchanger, installing a new indoor generator and updating the electrical system.|
|LGTIRL Total||13 projects||$1,353,673|
- Through the Investing in Canada infrastructure plan, the Government of Canada is investing more than $180 billion over 12 years in public transit projects, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, trade and transportation routes, and Canada’s rural and northern communities.
- Ontario is investing over $10.2 billion under the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program to improve public transit; community, culture and recreation; green, and rural and northern community and other priority infrastructure.
- To support Canadians and communities during the COVID-19 pandemic, a COVID-19 Resilience Infrastructure stream has been added to the over $33-billion Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program to help fund pandemic-resilient infrastructure. Existing program streams have also been adapted to include more eligible project categories.
- The new COVID-19 Resilience stream will provide up to $1.05 billion in combined federal-provincial funding for infrastructure projects across Ontario, including: up to $700 million for education-related projects; an allocation-based program that will deliver up to $250 million to municipalities to address critical local infrastructure needs and; up to $100 million for long-term care projects. Part of the local government infrastructure funding includes a minimum of $6.5 million in shared federal-provincial funding for Indigenous and off-reserve education projects.