Ontario Investing $2.6 Million to Improve Highway 7


Province Enhancing Road Safety, Creating Jobs

Guelph, ON, April 1, 2016 – Ontario is providing Guelph with approximately $2.6 million to improve road safety and create or sustain jobs through the Connecting Links program.

This project includes the reconstruction of 850 metres of York Road from Wyndham Street South to Ontario Street on the city’s connecting link on Highway 7.

Through the Connecting Links program, Ontario is helping municipalities repair their roadways and bridges that connect communities to provincial highways and border crossings. The province is funding up to 90 per cent of total eligible project costs, up to a maximum of $3 million per project, for the design, construction, renewal, rehabilitation and replacement of connecting link infrastructure.

Ontario is making the largest investment in public infrastructure in the province’s history — about $160 billion over 12 years, which is supporting 110,000 jobs every year across the province, with projects such as roads, bridges, transit systems, schools and hospitals. In 2015, the province announced support for more than 325 projects that will keep people and goods moving, connect communities and improve quality of life.

Investing in infrastructure is part of the government’s economic plan to build Ontario up and deliver on its number-one priority to grow the economy and create jobs. The four-part plan includes investing in talent and skills, including helping more people get and create the jobs of the future by expanding access to high-quality college and university education. The plan is making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario’s history and investing in a low-carbon economy driven by innovative, high-growth, export-oriented businesses. The plan is also helping working Ontarians achieve a more secure retirement.


“This is wonderful news for the City of Guelph. This investment made through the Connecting Links program will help our community build safer roads for our families, stimulate the economy and create jobs.”

Liz Sandals, MPP for Guelph

“Our Connecting Links program is one way we show our long-term commitment to Ontario’s rural and northern communities and to the families who live there. These highways are essential links in many communities, connecting people to jobs, managing local congestion and improving the economy and residents’ quality of life.”

Steven Del Duca, Minister of Transportation

Quick facts

  • There are about 350 kilometres of roads and 70 bridges along connecting links in 77 municipalities across Ontario.
  • The Connecting Links program was launched in November 2015, and applications were received in early 2016. Successful applicants will receive funding starting in spring 2016.
  • In February 2016, Premier Kathleen Wynne announced increased funding for Ontario’s Connecting Links Program. The program will provide $20 million in 2016–17, up from $15 million announced in the 2015 Budget. Funding for this program will increase to $25 million in 2017-18 and $30 million per year by 2018–19.

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For more information

Jenny Waterston
Office of Liz Sandals, MPP