Cochrane District, Ontario, June 11, 2021— The health and well-being of Northern Ontarians are top priorities for the governments of Canada and Ontario. That is why governments have been taking decisive action to support families, businesses, communities, and Indigenous people and will continue to look ahead to see what more can be done in these unprecedented times.
Today, the Minister of Middle-Class Prosperity and Associate Minister of Finance, the Honourable Mona Fortier, MPP for Sault Ste. Marie, the Honourable Ross Romano, and the Mayors of Timmins, Kenora, Cochrane, Kapuskasing, Hearst, and Black River-Matheson announced joint funding for 9 local projects in the Districts of Algoma, Cochrane, Kenora, and Timiskaming in Northern Ontario. These projects are designed to help communities install COVID-19 safety measures throughout communities and improve active transportation options.
- The City of Timmins will receive $317,820 to extend the pathways along Airplane Road to connect with existing trails and bike lanes. The funding will also be used to retrofit City Hall by installing protective barriers throughout the building and upgrade the meeting room to allow for safe separation of attendees.
- The Town of Kapuskasing will receive $173,340 to replace and widen deteriorating sidewalks in Riverside Park to allow pedestrians to properly physically distance along the path.
- The Town of Cochrane will receive $132,990 to build multi-use paths and boardwalks so that residents can have more options along their walking and biking routes.
- The Town of Kenora will receive $227,771 to upgrade the Kenora Recreation Centre by installing a new ventilation system.
The Government of Canada is investing $1,082,178 toward these projects through the COVID-19 Resilience Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program. The Government of Ontario is contributing $270,544.60 to the projects, for a total investment of over $1.35 million in the region.
The Governments of Canada and Ontario, will continue to collaborate closely to ensure that communities all across Northern Ontario have the support needed to continue fighting the pandemic and keep their families, businesses and communities safe throughout this challenging time. We have your back.