St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, October 2, 2020—The health and well-being of Canadians are the top priorities of the governments of Canada, and Newfoundland and Labrador. But the COVID-19 pandemic has affected more than our personal health. It is having a profound effect on the economy.
That is why governments have been taking decisive action to support families, businesses and communities, and continue to look ahead to see what more can be done.
Today, the Honourable Seamus O’Regan, Minister of Natural Resources and Member of Parliament for St. John’s South–Mount Pearl, on behalf of the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities; the Honourable Andrew Furey, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador; and his Worship Danny Breen, Mayor of St. John’s; announced funding for a project to upgrade and connect a trail to a continuous 4.8 kilometre active transportation route in St. John’s.
The project will see the construction of the Kelly’s Brook Shared-Use Path by upgrading and connecting existing segments of a trail that parallels Empire Avenue to create a safer, inclusive pedestrian and cycling route. Once complete, residents will benefit from a multi-purpose path that will better connect different neighbourhoods and connect the east and west ends of St. John’s.
The Government of Canada is investing more than $1.1 million in this project through the Public Transit Infrastructure Stream (PTIS) of the Investing in Canada infrastructure program. The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador is providing over $755,600, while the City is contributing more than $610,000.