Residents across Ontario to benefit from road improvements and bridge replacements

News release

Conestogo, Ontario, August 19 2019—Investing in public infrastructure supports efficient transportation networks that help Canadians and their families get to work, school and essential services on time and back home safely at the end of a long day.

Today, the Honourable Bardish Chagger, Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Member of Parliament for Waterloo, on behalf of the Honourable Bernadette Jordan, Minister of rural Economic Development and Murray Martin, Councillor for Ward 3, on behalf of Sandy Shantz, Mayor of Woolwich Township, announced funding to improve local roads and replace bridges across Ontario.

Five communities will see the rehabilitation or replacement of important local bridges to improve safety and efficiency for local travellers. For example, Conestogo will see the rehabilitation of the Glasgow Street Bridge, which will increase its load limit and extend its useful life. In addition, the communities of Aramanth, West Perth, Tillsonburg and Georgian Bluff will also see important road improvement work.

The Government of Canada is investing more than $7.7 million towards nine projects through the Rural and Northern Communities Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada infrastructure plan. The province and municipalities are responsible for the remainder of the project costs.


“Safe, efficient roads and bridges help Ontario families get to where they need to go. These investments across the province are supporting the backbone of our rural communities, improving the quality of life of residents and helping our businesses grow.”

The Honourable Bardish Chagger, Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Member of Parliament for Waterloo, on behalf of the Honourable Bernadette Jordan, Minister for Rural Economic Development

“The Glasgow Street Bridge is of great importance to both the community of Conestogo and the Township of Woolwich as a whole, marrying modern convenience with historical significance. We’re delighted to partner with the Federal and Provincial governments to ensure the Bridge receives the essential restoration it needs, allowing it to continue on as a key access point and landmark that our residents can enjoy for years to come.”

Sandy Shantz, Mayor of Woolwich Township

Quick facts

  • Through the Investing in Canada infrastructure plan, the Government of Canada is investing more than $180 billion over 12 years in public transit projects, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, trade and transportation routes, and Canada’s rural and northern communities.

  • $2 billion of this funding is supporting infrastructure projects that meet the unique needs of rural and northern communities like facilities to support food security, local access roads and enhanced broadband connectivity.

  • More than $10.1 billion of this funding is supporting trade and transportation projects, including $5 billion available for investment through the Canada Infrastructure Bank.

  • On June 27, 2019, the Government of Canada launched two new strategies: Canada’s Connectivity Strategy, which commits to connect all Canadians to high-speed internet, and Canada’s first Rural Economic Development Strategy, which will spur economic growth and create good, middle class jobs for rural Canadians across the country.

  • The Rural Economic Development Strategy leverages ongoing federal investments and provides a vision for the future, identifying practical steps to take in the short term, and serving as a foundation to guide further work.

  • Central to Canada’s Connectivity Strategy are historic new investments that are mobilizing up to $6 billion toward universal connectivity. They include a top-up to the Connect to Innovate Program, a new Universal Broadband Fund, and investments from the Canada Infrastructure Bank.

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