Ontario Government Nominates Critical Infrastructure Project in Woolwich Township

Published on December 11, 2019

May 13, 2019

Elmira – Ontario’s Government is making smart infrastructure investments to create jobs and grow the economy while protecting what matters most to hardworking families and businesses in Kitchener-Conestoga.

On Friday, Kitchener-Conestoga MPP Mike Harris shared with Mayor of Woolwich Township Sandy Shantz that the Hon. Monte McNaughton, Minister of Infrastructure, has nominated the Glasgow St. S. Bridge Rehabilitation Project for funding of $1,225,000.00. (Total eligible costs will be split between the federal, provincial and municipal government).

“This is terrific news for Woolwich Township and the entire Region,” said Kitchener-Conestoga MPP Mike Harris. “Quickly after the election I sat down with Mayor Shantz to receive Woolwich’s top infrastructure priorities and the Glasgow Bridge was front and centre, therefore I am glad working together we got this vital link between Woolwich and Waterloo nominated.”

“I was excited and relieved to hear the news that the Glasgow St. Bridge in Conestogo was nominated to receive much needed funding to rehabilitate this crucial conduit,” said Woolwich Mayor Sandy Shantz. “When we heard that the Ontario Government was prioritizing Rural and Northern infrastructure, our staff moved quickly to submit a proposal that will keep this bridge functional for drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians.”

The project is now awaiting approval by the federal government.

Earlier this spring, Ontario’s Minister of Infrastructure, Monte McNaughton, launched the $30-billion integrated bilateral Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program in Baden, Ontario.

Minister McNaughton has been working closely with Ontario’s Minister of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, Ernie Hardeman, on the $500-million Rural and Northern stream of this program. 49 projects, including the one listed above, are the first to be nominated under this stream.

“These sort of projects make up the fabric of our rural community,” said MPP Harris “They’re the things that matter – the roads and bridges that get us home at night.”

Quotes

“Good safe roads and bridges allow us to spend more time with the people we love. That’s true across the province, in our biggest cities and smallest towns. We want to make life easier for people everywhere.”
— Monte McNaughton, Minister of Infrastructure

“These projects are vital to ensuring rural communities across Ontario are open for business and open for jobs. They’re much more than concrete and steel. They connect rural businesses to the provincial economy.”
— Ernie Hardeman, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Affairs


Quick Facts

  • On March 18th, the intake for the Rural and Northern stream was launched.
  • Projects that improve transportation infrastructure through investments in road, bridge, air and/or marine infrastructure are prioritized.
  • Municipalities and First Nations with populations of 100,000 or less will be eligible to submit a project through the one-window Grants Ontario portal.