The governments of Canada and Ontario announced funding for two community infrastructure projects in York Region and Ajax.
The Government of Canada is investing over $5.2 million in these projects through the COVID-19 Resilience Stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program. The Government of Ontario is providing over $1.3 million.
In York Region, funding will support upgrades to municipal buildings throughout York. The project includes the installation of an emergency generator and low-water fixtures, insulation for heating units and windows, as well as HVAC and lighting upgrades. Additional work includes the restoration of flooring and paint, rehabilitation of mechanical, electrical and water systems, replacement of septic system and fire pond, and interior structure work. Once complete, this project will improve community infrastructure in York Region, and ensure residents have better access to modern and reliable municipal buildings and services.
“By 2051, York Region is anticipated to grow to more than two million people and close to one million jobs,” said Wayne Emmerson, York Region Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “With this federal and provincial investment into modern retrofits, repairs and upgrades for our Regional buildings and services, we can continue to build healthy and complete communities where residents of all abilities and ages can thrive.”
In Ajax, funding will support the expansion of the existing ActiveTOA trail network. The project involves adding three active transportation routes of three to six kilometres in length. It includes the design and implementation of the routes, the addition of wayfinding signage and stencil installations, and two bike repair stations. This project will provide Ajax residents access to an improved active transportation network that offers alternative commuting options and promotes healthy and active lifestyles.
“Investments in projects such as “Active TOA” will encourage residents to explore and discover their community,” said Rod Phillips, Ontario’s Minister of Long-Term Care and MPP for Ajax. “The 18.4 km community trail, which consists of 4 routes, will be enhanced with wayfinding signs and markers, thereby easing navigation while supporting the wellbeing of the people of Ajax.”
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. The Province of Ontario will invest 20 per cent of the eligible costs for projects across the province.
Featured image: The recently completed York Region facility at the corner of Yonge and Eagle streets in the Town of Newmarket. (York Region)