Backgrounder:  Canada and Ontario invest more than $2.1 million in active transportation infrastructure to respond to the impacts of COVID-19


Backgrounder : Canada and Ontario invest more than $2.1 million in active transportation infrastructure to respond to the impacts of COVID-19

Joint federal and provincial funding through the Investing in Canada Plan will support 16 communities throughout Ontario.

The Government of Canada is investing more than $1.7 million towards these projects through the COVID-19 Resilience Stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program. The Government of Ontario is contributing more than $427,000 toward these projects.

The COVID-19 Resilience Infrastructure Stream, implemented in response to the pandemic, allows the Government of Canada to invest up to 80% of eligible costs for projects in provinces, and up to 100% for projects in territories and Indigenous communities. The Ontario government will invest 20% of the eligible costs for projects across the province.

The majority of funding will support the rehabilitation of active transportation infrastructure and networks in 16 communities throughout Ontario, improving the quality and amount of active transportation options for residents and visitors, including those with limited mobility.

Funding recipients:


Project Title


Federal Contribution

Provincial Contribution

Alnwick/Haldimand, Township of

Improvement and Upgrade of Walking Trails

This project will pave approximately 500 metres of the Wicklow Trail and the Arena Trail, improving the quality of active transportation routes in the town.



Amherstburg, Town of

Park Trail Network at the Libro Centre

The project will construct an active trail network.



Brantford, City of

D'Aubigny Creek Park Trail Realignment

This project will rehabilitate and re-locate the D'Aubigny Creek Trail by creating a new asphalt trail. Work will also include planting new vegetation, installing benches and wayfinding signs along the trail to improve user experience.



Caledon, Town of

Rehabilitation of connecting walkway blocks

The project will repave three walkway blocks, improving pedestrian and cycling connectivity throughout the community.



Chatham-Kent, Municipality of

Bike Rack Community Art Installations

Project work involves fabricating and installing bike racks to meet increased user needs. 



Ear Falls, Township of

Trail Development Project

The project will add a paved trail to the Ear Falls Government Building site, improving the quality of active transportation options.



Englehart, Town of

Centennial Park Rehabilitation Phase 2

Project work will rehabilitate, improve and expand trails in Centennial Park. This includes paving trails and creating new trails. Project work will also upgrade area stormwater system to accommodate for larger sidewalks.



Gananoque, Town of

COVID-19 Resilience for Town Park pathways/trails

The project will create wider multi-use pathways and trails by replacing existing pathways and adding more trails to the current network; meeting the demand for more transportation connections in the town.



Grand Valley, Town of

Rehabilitation of Upper Grand Trailway

The project will repair approximately 7 kilometers of the trail, and replace damaged culverts and supporting structures, creating a safer and more enjoyable experience for users.



Huntsville, Town of

Accessible Pathways

Project work will facilitate building new pathways, and widening existing paths and sidewalks. These improvements will increase access to active transportation options for town residents and visitors, including limited mobility users.



Laurentian Hills, Town of

Rehabilitation of County of Renfrew owned Algonquin Trail/OVRT

The project consists of rehabilitating 24 kilometers of active transportation trails along the County of Renfrew owned Algonquin Trail, including spreading 23,000 metric tons of gravel and limestone dust; installing safety and security structures; repairing bridges, culverts and clearing brush; and installing directional and heritage information. This project will improve user experience, and the quality of trails in the area.



Marathon, Town of

Lake Superior Boat Launch (Trail & Accessibility)

The project will install a new accessible kayak dock, wooden trails, and a foot bridge to improve trail connections and access to Lake Superior.



Markstay-Warren, Municipality of

Playground Improvements

The project will install new playground structures, park benches and shade structures, while improving pathways to improve user experience of outdoor recreational areas.



Muskoka Lakes, Township of

Township of Muskoka Lakes Trails Upgrade Program

The project will upgrade six trail heads and over 12 kilometres of trails to improve user experience.



North Stormont, Township of

Settlement Area Sidewalks Improvements

Project work included constructing three new sidewalks in the town.



The Blue Mountains, the Town of

Pedestrian Bridge Work

The project will repair and rehabilitate the pedestrian bridge by replacing guard rails and posts, handrails, decking, beams and beam bracing. Work also includes replacing the wooden stairs and handrails. Once complete, pedestrians will benefit from a safer, more accessible bridge crossing.



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