Canada and Ontario giving City of Ottawa $11.2 million for infrastructure projects


OTTAWA— The governments of Canada and Ontario are investing more than $11.2 million to improve municipal and community infrastructure in the City of Ottawa.

Details were provided by the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Communities and Infrastructure; the Honourable Laurie Scott, Ontario’s Minister of Infrastructure; and His Worship Jim Watson, Mayor of the City of Ottawa.

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

The majority of funding will support the rehabilitation of community and municipal buildings across the city, and improve active transportation options.

Facilities like the Carling Family Shelter will benefit from improved air ventilation and digital connectivity. The Cornerstone Women’s Shelter will undergo building renovations and repairs to the electrical, mechanical and security systems, as well as upgraded flooring. These projects will provide clients with improved air quality, and a more comfortable and safe environment.

Additional investments will improve sidewalks and multi-use pathways, create new pedestrian crossovers, and add new picnic facilities and wayfinding signage in public areas, facilitating active lifestyles, increased connectivity, and expanded active transportation.

The COVID-19 Resilience Infrastructure Stream, implemented in response to the pandemic, allows the Government of Canada to invest up to 80 per cent of eligible costs for projects in provinces, and up to 100 per cent for projects in territories and Indigenous communities.

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