Governments Invest Over $3 Million in Niagara West to Respond to the Impacts of COVID-19

Published on July 20, 2021

Beamsville - The health and well-being of Canadians are top priorities for the governments of Canada and Ontario. Communities across Ontario are on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic and need assistance to ensure their municipal and community infrastructure is safe and reliable.

That is why both levels of government 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. This includes a combined investment of $51.2 million to support infrastructure in communities to help protect the health of residents, create jobs, and promote economic recovery.

Today, Vance Badawey, MP for Niagara Centre, Chris Bittle, MP for St. Catharines and Sam Oosterhoff, MPP for Niagara West, announced $3,022,276.00 in joint funding for 11 projects in Niagara West to improve municipal infrastructure.

Funded projects include replacement of the Gibson Street Pedestrian Bridge and HVAC upgrades of the Grimsby Public Library and Grimsby Public Art Gallery in the Town of Grimsby; a curbside pick-up service window for the Lincoln Public Library and construction of a playground at Rotary Park in the Town of Lincoln; construction of a new splash pad at Centennial Park in the Town of Pelham; rehabilitation of Town Hall in the Township of Wainfleet and rehabilitation of a public works building for the Township of West Lincoln.

Funding also includes electrical system upgrades of social housing units, Wi-Fi expansion at wastewater facilities, air purification upgrades and improved lane marking, lighting, signals and safety measures of streets and roads for the Regional Municipality of Niagara.

This investment is being made through the COVID-19 Resilience Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program, a cost-shared, application-based infrastructure funding opportunity.

The Government of Canada is investing $2,417,820.80 toward these eleven projects, while the Government of Ontario is contributing $604,455.20.

"These local investments in municipal infrastructure are key to economic recovery in Niagara," said MPP Oosterhoff.

"Our government is committed to supporting municipalities across the province and making sure our local communities are the best place to live and grow."

"The federal government knows Canadians need Ottawa to have their backs as we recover from this pandemic and that means helping municipalities get shovels in the ground as we all move forward together," said Vance Badawey, MP for Niagara Centre.

"Investments in our municipal infrastructure directly relate to everyone's quality of life and creates the bedrock on which all of our communities are built. These announcements, as well as related funds announced earlier for Thorold and Welland, ultimately make our cities and towns more resilient and better able to cope with whatever challenges we may face in the future."

"Community infrastructure is vitally important and investing in it ensures that residents can enjoy public amenities now and well into the future," said Chris Bittle, MP for St. Catharines.

"Investing in parks, bridges, splash pads and libraries not only creates a better life for residents, but it also creates jobs. As we exit the COVID-19 pandemic communities will have a lot to celebrate and it is essential that municipalities have the infrastructure and resources to facilitate safe public engagement in our community spaces. I am proud that the Government of Canada is stepping up in such a significant way to support community infrastructure in Niagara West."

"On behalf of Regional Council, I want to express our sincere thanks to our partners at the federal and provincial government for working with the Niagara Region to provide the funding being announced today," said Regional Chair, Jim Bradley.

"The ICIP program is a great example of how three levels of government can work together for the betterment of all residents, and I look forward to our productive relationship continuing in the future."

Funding will support the development of modern and accessible recreational spaces, and the replacement of equipment in health and emergency facilities.
Additional investments will support increased options for active transportation, and the renovation of municipal buildings and community centres to provide safe and welcoming spaces for residents across Niagara.

These investments will provide thousands of residents with access to modern local infrastructure where they can safely maintain an active and healthy lifestyle.