City successful in bid for Provincial Connecting Links funds
Guelph, ON, April 1, 2016—Earlier today the Honourable Liz Sandals, MPP for Guelph, announced the City of Guelph will receive $2.6 million dollars from the Province’s Connecting Links Program for construction on York Road.
“We’re thrilled that the Province of Ontario is providing $2.6 million to the York Road construction project,” said Mayor Cam Guthrie. “York Road is important to the city for many reasons: it’s a major road; a truck route; a transit route; and one of the key gateways to our city. It’s also a prime commercial corridor that’s poised to grow in Guelph.”
The York Road project includes the replacement of aging water and sewer pipes and full reconstruction of the roadway between Wyndham Street and Ontario Street, which is scheduled to begin in June.
“The success of the City’s application is a result of excellent asset management and planning work by our engineering staff, and we wish to express our sincere thanks to the Province for this funding which will help us continue to build improvements in our community,” remarked Scott Stewart, Deputy CAO Infrastructure, Development and Enterprise. “This funding will also allow us complete other important infrastructure projects by leveraging York Road project funds already allocated in the City’s 2016 tax-supported budget toward future cost–sharing opportunities.”
In 2012, the City prepared a Sustainable Infrastructure Report that identified sustainable funding levels, funding gaps, and funding backlogs for water, wastewater, storm, and transportation infrastructure. This infrastructure includes the pipes that move water to and from Guelph homes and businesses, and the roads and sidewalks that connect our neighbourhoods. The difference between the annual cost to sustain this infrastructure and the approved funds from the 2012 operating and capital budgets was a gap of $25.4 million. The City is working on solutions to address this gap, and government funding is part of the solution that will help municipalities, including Guelph, continue to close this gap.
“This infrastructure project will open up new opportunities for commercial development, investment and jobs in this part of our city,” Mayor Guthrie added. “I want to thank the Province for investing not just in roads and pipes—but in jobs, growth, and quality of life in Guelph.”
The York Road construction project budget is $4 million. The Connecting Links program provides funding for up to 90 per cent of project costs, up to a maximum of $3 million.
Those interested in learning more about this construction project are invited to attend the April 6 open house at the F.M. Woods Station (Water Services), 29 Waterworks Place. The open house starts at 5 p.m. with an open, drop-in format running until 7 p.m. More information about the project and the open house are available at guelph.ca/construction.
For more information
Scott Stewart, Deputy CAO
Infrastructure, Development and Enterprise
519-822-1260, extension 3445
Left to right: Scott Stewart, Deputy CAO Infrastructure, Development and Enterprise; Ward 2 Councillor James Gordon; Mayor Cam Guthrie; Honourable Liz Sandals, MPP for Guelph; Ward 5 Councillor Cathy Downer; Ward 1 Councillor Dan Gibson