Ontario Nominating 34/B Bridge St. Bridge Project to Support Wilmot Township and Waterloo Region

Published on December 11, 2019

July 18, 2019

Elmira — Ontario’s government is investing in what matters by nominating the 34/B Bridge St. Bridge to the federal government for approval to improve the province's infrastructure, create jobs, and grow the economy.

Kitchener-Conestoga MPP Mike Harris announced today that the Province has nominated the 34/B Bridge St. Bridge infrastructure project with the total shared cost of $3,537,499 to the federal government, as part of the Rural and Northern stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program launched in Baden in March 2019.

“Mayor Les Armstrong told me early in my mandate that this project was a top infrastructure priority for Wilmot Township, so I am glad our government listened and is delivering for local residents,” said Kitchener-Conestoga MPP Mike Harris. “I look forward to subsequent announcements for Waterloo Region in the near future.”

The provincial contribution for this project will be $1,179,048 or 33%.

The federal government will review this project and make a final funding decision.

“We certainly do appreciate the Provincial and Federal governments providing funding for the Bridge St. Bridge,” said Township of Wilmot Mayor Les Armstrong. “This bridge has been closed on multiple occasions, in a state of disrepair. This investment is critical to ensuring the longevity of the bridge, as a thoroughfare for east /west travel. Having the bridge repaired/replaced will ensure the safe and efficient travel of large farming equipment, in additional to general traffic. We are very much looking forward to getting this project moving forward.”

“From a staff perspective, we are pleased to see the commitment of our Senior Government partners in supporting infrastructure in rural Ontario,” said Township of Wilmot Director of Finance Patrick Kelly. “Staff identified funding as the main obstacle to our ability to repair/replace the Bridge Street Bridge (34/B). Our application was a team-based effort, well-aligned with the objectives of the ICIP funding program. This investment will assist in Wilmot’s ability to continue providing safe and sustainable infrastructure to our community. We continue to support the Province in their efforts towards stable and predictable funding for municipal infrastructure, and look forward to continuing to work in a collaborative manner with our staff peers at the Provincial level.”

“We’re continuing to work with municipalities, families and businesses, to make smart investments in our infrastructure, and keep it reliable,” says Minister of Infrastructure Laurie Scott. “Our investments are creating jobs and growing the economy, shaping the future for hard-working families in Ontario.”

In the last year, the Ontario Government has announced significant investments for Waterloo Region’s rural townships. This includes providing a project extension for the rehabilitation of Holland Mills Bridge, up to $214,000 to assist Wilmot Township with local flood recovery efforts, nominating the $1.2 million Glasgow St. S. Bridge rehabilitation project in Woolwich Township, and providing nearly $3 million for townships to modernize service delivery.

Quick Facts

  • The Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program is a 10-year program that provides up to $30 billion in federal, provincial and local investments in communities across the province. Funding will be distributed between four streams:
    o Rural and Northern
    o Public Transit
    o Green
    o Community, Culture and Recreation
  • Ontario’s share per project will be up to 33.33 per cent, or about $10.2 billion spread across the four streams.
  • The Rural and Northern stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program was launched on March 18 and closed on May 14, 2019.
  • The first Public Transit stream for municipalities outside of the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) launched on April 2 and closed on May 28, 2019.