The City of Toronto announced a combined total of more than $18.9 million in investments to support three infrastructure projects in the Toronto Metropolitan area.

The Lower Simcoe Street underpass in downtown Toronto will be updated to better withstand the impacts of flooding. This includes the design and construction of new stormwater infrastructure, including a pumping station and stormwater sewers, to better protect the underpass from flooding events and reduce stormwater backflow. It will be designed to mitigate current and future impacts of climate change while meeting the increasing needs of the population and supporting economic growth.

“Mitigating the risk of flooding for residents, as well as climate resiliency, continues to be a key priority for the City of Toronto. The Lower Simcoe Street underpass project will help mitigate the impacts of flooding in downtown Toronto by designing and constructing new stormwater infrastructure to help reduce flooding of the underpass. We’re pleased the Government of Canada will be a funding partner with the City on this important project,” said Olivia Chow, Mayor of Toronto.

The federal government is investing $5,920,000 in the Flooding Protection for the Lower Simcoe Street Underpass project through the Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund.

The West Park Long Term Care Centre will replace three air handling units. The upgrade will improve the reliability and quality of the ventilation system for staff, residents, and their families.

“Keeping seniors safe is vitally important in long-term care homes. The Ontario government is proud to support ventilation enhancement projects like the one at West Park Long-Term Care Centre, which improve air quality and help keep residents safe,” said Stan Cho, Ontario’s Minister of Long-Term Care.

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The federal government is investing $1,794,362 in the West Park Long Term Care Centre project through the COVID-19 Resilience Stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program. The Ontario government is investing $448,591.

The Boys and Girls’ Club (BGC) Toronto Kiwanis facility, will undergo a building renewal that will also improve energy efficiencies. These improvements are expected to reduce the facility’s energy consumption by an estimated 49 per cent and greenhouse gas emissions by 8.5 tonnes annually. Upgrades will include improvements to the building envelope and mechanical and electrical systems. BGC Toronto Kiwanis is a non-profit organization that provides opportunities for thousands of kids and teens in the community. Programs and services offered by BGC Toronto Kiwanis include after-school programs, children services, youth services, mentorship, literacy & learning, nutrition & cooking, creative arts, physical activity, personal development, camps, youth employment, and volunteerism.

“BGC Toronto Kiwanis is grateful for the Government of Canada’s Green Initiative Community Building Grant. The children, youth, and families in St. James Town and Cabbagetown communities will benefit greatly from the building upgrades of the BGC Toronto Kiwanis – Cabbagetown Youth Centre for years to come,” said Greg Gary, BCG Toronto Kiwanis executive director.

The federal government is investing $1,509,718 in the Toronto Kiwanis BCG Retrofit project through the Green and Inclusive Community Buildings program (GICB).

Featured image: (Boys and Girls’ Club Toronto Kiwanis)


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