Government of Canada invests over $2 million to enhance community infrastructure across Windsor-Essex

News release

April 21, 2022  – Windsor, Ontario  

FedDev Ontario supports nine projects across Windsor-Essex to fuel community revitalization and create conditions for local economies to rebound

With its close proximity to the United States, local markets and an educated and skilled workforce, Windsor-Essex offers prime conditions for communities to thrive and do business. Community infrastructure is at the heart of local communities, bringing together residents and visitors alike, while supporting local businesses, jobs and economies.

Today, the Honourable Helena Jaczek, Minister responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario), announced an investment of over $2 million to enhance nine Windsor-area community spaces under the Canada Community Revitalization Fund (CCRF). With this investment, recipients will build or enhance community infrastructure, and adapt public spaces to encourage the safe return of locals and visitors.

The announcement was made at an event hosted by the Essex Region Conservation Authority, which received $940,000 towards three community projects. This includes $85,000 to support the accessibility of John R. Park Homestead Heritage and Conservation Centre through the addition of a paved entrance pathway and second-floor lift, as well as improvements to the accessible washroom.

Additional project details can be found in the Backgrounder.


“Our government is investing in community infrastructure to support the mental and physical health of Canadians by promoting social interaction and physical activity, while driving resilient local economic growth. Today’s investment in nine community projects across Windsor-Essex will revitalize communities and improve the quality of life for Canadians.”
– The Honourable Helena Jaczek, Minister responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario

“Our community spaces are what make Windsor-Essex such a unique place to live, work and raise our families. These investments to make these upgrades will help raise community spirit and encourage more visitors.”
– Irek Kusmiercyk, Member of Parliament for Windsor-Tecumseh

“On behalf of the Essex Region Conservation Authority and all of the watershed residents who will benefit from this investment in our region, we are most thankful to the Government of Canada. This investment will significantly expand the fish habitat and erosion protection works at Pêche Island, further improve accessibility at the John R. Park Homestead, and enhance trail experiences and access along the Greenway trails.”
– Tania Jobin, Chair, Essex Region Conservation Authority

“On behalf of City Council, local stakeholders, and the thousands of Windsor residents that will enjoy these installations for many years to come, thank you to FedDev Ontario for the injection into active lifestyle activities in Windsor’s West End. These two applications to the Canada Community Revitalization Fund were the work of passionate City administrators, government partners, and community members.”
– Mayor Drew Dilkens, City of Windsor

Quick facts

  •  Windsor-Essex is home to nearly 400,000 people, across nine regional municipalities. The region’s geographical location, lakefront living, temperate climate and small-city lifestyle with big-city amenities are what make it a unique, rapidly growing part of Canada.

  •  With a national investment of $500 million over two years, the Canada Community Revitalization Fund supports projects that build new community infrastructure and revitalize existing assets, bring people back to public spaces safely and stimulate local economies. This includes $139 million for projects in southern Ontario, delivered by FedDev Ontario.

  • The Government of Canada, through FedDev Ontario, has invested nearly $100 million in nearly 120 projects across Windsor-Essex, creating over 1,250 jobs and maintaining almost 5,000 jobs. This includes over $1 million announced earlier today for Dimachem Inc. to expand its production capabilities.

  • The Government of Canada, through FedDev Ontario is also providing $2.5 million for Windsor businesses impacted by the illegal blockade of the Ambassador Bridge. More information on how to apply for available support is available on the Invest WindsorEssex Small Business & Entrepreneurship Centre website

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Monica Granados
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario

Media Relations
FedDev Ontario

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