Port Hawkesbury, Nova Scotia, June 18, 2021—The health and safety of Canadians are top priorities for the governments of Canada and Nova Scotia. Communities across Canada are on the frontline of the COVID-19 pandemic, and need immediate assistance to ensure their public infrastructure is safe and reliable.
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 in these unprecedented times.
Today, Mike Kelloway, Member of Parliament for Cape Breton–Canso, on behalf of the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities; the Honourable Iain Rankin, Premier of Nova Scotia; the Honourable Lloyd Hines, Minister of Transportation and Active Transportation on behalf of the Honourable Chuck Porter, Minister of Energy and Mines, and Her Worship Brenda Chisholm-Beaton, Mayor of Port Hawkesbury, announced funding to create a network of safe and user-friendly active transportation routes around the town.
The network will consist of approximately seven kilometres of active transportation lanes, pathways, and crossings in the following areas:
- Waterfront Connection (2.5 km)
- MacQuarrie Drive Connection (1 km)
- Destination Reeves Street (0.7 km)
- Tamarac Off-road Blue Route Connection (0.5 km)
- Eastern Town Connector (2.3 km)
The goal is to promote alternative commuting options for users of all ages and abilities that are safe, accessible, sustainable, and environmentally friendly. The project will also connect the town to the Nova Scotia Blue Route to facilitate access to local amenities and attractions.
The Government of Canada is investing more than $1.2 million in this project through the Green Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada infrastructure plan. The Government of Nova Scotia is contributing more than $1 million, while the Town of Port Hawkesbury is contributing more than $800,000.