Governments Invest $5,924,000 in City of Hamilton to Respond to the Impacts Of COVID-19

Published on June 09, 2021

News Release

HAMILTON— 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 immediate 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 $115.1 million to support infrastructure in communities to help protect the health of residents, create jobs, and promote economic recovery.  

Today, Donna Skelly, MPP for Flamborough-Glanbrook announced $5,924,000 in joint funding for three projects in the City of Hamilton to improve local infrastructure. The investments include $1,000,000 for Public Service Counter Enhancements, $3,354,000 in HVAC upgrades in municipal buildings, including libraries and recreation centres and $570,000 for the Healthcare Connector Cycling Route.

“This investment underscores the Ontario government’s commitment in supporting municipalities and communities during this unprecedented time,” said MPP Donna Skelly. “This funding will help the City of Hamilton address critical infrastructure needs that have been exacerbated because of COVID-19.”

These investments are 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 over $3,939,000 toward these three projects while the Government of Ontario is contributing nearly $985,000.

Funding announced today will support the rehabilitation of transit infrastructure and the development of modern and accessible recreational options. This funding will be used to upgrade and replace equipment in health and emergency facilities in communities across the GTHA. Additional investments will help increase options for active transportation, as well as renovate municipal buildings, community centres and cultural facilities. These improvement will provide safe and welcoming spaces for residents of Hamilton.

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.
  • Ontario is investing over $10.2 billion under the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program to improve public transit; community, culture and recreation; green, and rural and northern community and other priority infrastructure.
  • To support Canadians and communities during the COVID-19 pandemic, a COVID-19 Resilience Infrastructure stream has been added to the over $33-billion Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program to help fund pandemic-resilient infrastructure. Existing program streams have also been adapted to include more eligible project categories.
  • The new COVID-19 Resilience stream will provide up to $1.05 billion in combined
  • federal-provincial funding for infrastructure projects across Ontario, including: up to $700 million for education-related projects; an allocation-based program that will deliver up to $250 million to municipalities to address critical local infrastructure needs and; up to $100 million for long-term care projects. Part of the local government infrastructure funding includes a minimum of $6.5 million in shared federal-provincial funding for Indigenous and off-reserve education projects.

 

Associated links

Investing in Canada Plan Project Map

http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/map

Ontario Builds Project Map

https://www.ontario.ca/page/building-ontario