Ottawa, Ontario, July 9, 2021—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 the governments of Canada and Ontario are investing more than $3.8 million to improve municipal and community infrastructure in the City of Ottawa.
Today, the Honourable Mona Fortier, Federal Minister of Middle Class Prosperity, Associate Minister of Finance, and Member of Parliament for Ottawa—Vanier, on behalf of the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Federal Minister of Infrastructure and Communities; Jeremy Roberts, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Children, Community and Social Services and Member of Provincial Parliament for Ottawa West-Nepean, on behalf the Honourable Kinga Surma, Ontario’s Minister of Infrastructure; His Worship Jim Watson, Mayor of the City of Ottawa; and Tim Tierney, Ward Councillor for Beacon Hill—Cyrville, announced funding for 16 projects across the City of Ottawa.
The Government of Canada is investing over $3.1 million through the COVID-19 Resilience Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure plan. The Government of Ontario is contributing more than $779,000.
The majority of funding will support the rehabilitation of municipal buildings, community centres and arenas across the city.
Among the projects funded is the expansion of the Beacon Hill North Community Centre. The centre will see the addition of a new multi-purpose room, a full-sized kitchen, universal washrooms, and new windows to allow for more natural light. These improvements will provide residents with a more modern and comfortable environment to participate in social and recreational community events.
This funding is an example of the decisive action taken by both levels of government to support families, businesses and communities, and continue to look ahead to see what more can be done in these unprecedented times.
The COVID-19 Resilience Infrastructure Stream, implemented in response to the pandemic, allows the Government of Canada to invest up to 80% of eligible costs for projects in provinces, and up to 100% for projects in territories and Indigenous communities.