Hundreds of trees and sidewalk improvements on the way

The health and well-being of Canadians are top priorities for all levels of government, now more than ever, as we start to move to a new normal.

Communities across Canada are on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic, and need immediate assistance to ensure their municipal and community infrastructure is safe and reliable. That’s 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.

Mayor Iain Lovatt joined MP Helena Jaczek and MPP Paul Calandra as they announced joint funding for two projects in the Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville to improve community and municipal infrastructure.

The Government of Canada is investing $259,376 toward these projects through the COVID-19 Resilience Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program.

“This is a good example of how our government’s investments, and working together with other levels of government, can benefit communities,” Jaczek said. “These projects, the tree planting and sidewalk improvement, will benefit the town for years to come.”

The Government of Ontario is contributing $64,844 to these projects. These projects will result in the planting of approximately 500 trees across Whitchurch-Stouffville and the replacement and construction of new sidewalks.

“During this unprecedented time, it is critical that we prioritize our community infrastructure,” Calandra said. “Supporting infrastructure projects like these will help us protect families and communities. Through these investments, we’re supporting our province’s economic recovery from COVID-19 and creating healthy and safe communities across Ontario.”

“I am grateful to MP Jaczek and the Federal government, and Minister Calandra and the Provincial government, for helping to fund these important projects,” Lovatt said. “The planting of 500 new trees will be a welcome addition to our community, and sidewalk construction will help improve the safety of our residents.”

In June, the federal government and provincial partners announced over $115.1 million to support municipalities across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) as they respond to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The COVID-19 stream, implemented in response to the pandemic, allows the Government of Canada to invest up to 80 per cent in projects that support provinces and up to 100 per cent in projects that support territories and Indigenous communities in their response to the pandemic.

 

Photo: Mayor Iain Lovatt joins MP Helena Jaczek and MPP Paul Calandra as they announce joint funding for two projects in the Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville to improve community and municipal infrastructure.

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