THE NATION — The governments of Canada and Ontario recognize the different ways that the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted smaller and rural communities across the province. Both governments are making strategic investments in infrastructure to meet the specific needs of rural and northern Ontario municipalities and help them strengthen their local economies.
Today, the Honourable Francis Drouin, Member of Parliament for Glengarry-Prescott-Russell, on behalf of the Honourable Maryam Monsef, Canada’s Minister of Women and Gender Equality and Rural Economic Development; and the Honourable Steve Clark, Ontario’s Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing and Member of Provincial Parliament for Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes on behalf of Laurie Scott, Ontario’s Minister of Infrastructure, announced funding for five road and bridge projects in Eastern Ontario. They were joined by Mayor François St-Amour, The Nation Municipality; Mayor Nancy Peckford, Municipality of North Grenville; and Frank Prevost, Warden, United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry.
In The Nation, the Touchette Bridge will be rehabilitated, replacing the majority of its parts, including the floor beams, the deck, and the steel stringers. These upgrades will extend the lifespan of the bridge while increasing the flow of traffic, allowing motorists to get where they need to go faster. In addition, Mississippi Mills will see its Levi Bridge replaced, upgrading from a one-lane to a new two-lane bridge with new railings and guardrails, making it safer for drivers and pedestrians.
The remaining projects will see upgrades to major roads in each community. North Grenville will expand approximately 1.15 kilometers of County Road 43 from two to four lanes, adding new bike lanes and crosswalks in support of active transportation. Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry will rehabilitate nearly 1.25 kilometers of County Road 2 leading to Morrison, improving the sidewalk entrances to local businesses to support economic growth. Finally, Cornwall’s reconstruction of a portion of Lemay Street, which includes new bike lanes, sidewalks and a roundabout, will increase the safety of pedestrians and will improve the city’s active transportation routes.
The Government of Canada is investing over $9 million in these projects through the Rural and Northern Communities Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada infrastructure plan. The Government of Ontario is contributing more than $6.5 million for these important infrastructure projects in these communities while municipalities are contributing over $3 million in total towards the projects.
The governments of Canada and Ontario are working in collaboration with their partners to support jobs, improve communities and build confidence as we safely and sustainably restore economic growth.