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North Bay is one of several area communities receiving federal and provincial infrastructure funding.
$1.6 million is going towards 11 projects in Nipissing-Timiskaming to improve community and municipal infrastructure.
The money is coming from the Investing in Canada Plan, through the COVID-19 Resilience Infrastructure Stream.
Over $876,000 is going to three projects in North Bay.
They include new sidewalk connections on Lindsay Street, Johnstone Road and Oak Street.
Funding will also be used to construct two multi-use outdoor recreation courts at North Bay’s waterfront.
And there will be repairs, retrofits and upgrades made to the City Hall building, including the installation of security cameras.
“The residents of Nipissing-Timiskaming have been resilient through this COVID-19 pandemic. As we continue to battle this crisis, we need to ensure that residents have access to safe and inclusive municipal infrastructure,” says Anthony Rota, Member of Parliament for Nipissing-Timiskaming. “I’m happy to see the Government of Canada making these investments in the communities in our riding.”
“Continued investment in infrastructure is critical to the future of our city. This funding will provide residents with additional options for outdoor recreational activities and active transportation, as well as help to address much-needed electrical upgrades at North Bay City Hall,” said Mayor Al McDonald. “I want to thank the federal and provincial governments for their ongoing support and investments in our city.”
Over $1.2 million is coming from the Government of Canada with the province contributing over $320,000.
Five communities in the south end of the riding will receive a total of $444,200.
Those projects include:
- A new sidewalk along Turcotte Park Road in Mattawa
- Retrofitting an existing playground at Centennial Park located in Callander
- Rehabilitation work at the Municipal Hall in Mattawan
- Replacing and adding new signage for both the Pines and Love Lake trail systems, replace steps and the boardwalk along the creek on the Pines Trails, and install a casting dock on Love Lake in Powassan.
- Roof and siding replacement work at the Public Works Garage in Calvin Township.
“Supporting infrastructure projects, like the ones we’re announcing today, helps to protect families, and our communities – making them stronger, healthier and safer”, said Vic Fedeli, MPP for Nipissing. “Ontario is committed to supporting municipalities in Nipissing with this important funding for local projects during this unprecedented time.”
Fedeli announced a few more area projects in Nipissing are receiving funding, too:
- Ventilation Upgrade of Community Centre and Office in the Township of Nipissing ($55,000 total)
- Municipal Fire Hall Rehabilitation and Upgrade in Papineau-Cameron Township ($100,000 total)
- Repairs to Bow String Trusses at Community Centre in East Ferris ($100,000 total)
- Public Works Building Safety Retrofit in Chisholm Township ($100,000 total)