At a special meeting of Council last Wednesday, Council approved 82 projects to be submitted for consideration under the Federal Government’s new Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program (Canada 150) Intake Two Program.
The program is a co-ordinated federal approach to celebrating Canada’s 150th anniversary in 2017.
Members of Council unanimously endorsed the request for funding.
“To build a complete city, we must invest in infrastructure that promotes a high quality of life, something Mississauga residents have come to expect,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “The additional investments made through Intake Two of the Canada 150 program will continue to strengthen Mississauga’s infrastructure and provide residents with more complete communities centred around active living,” said Mayor Crombie. “The City of Mississauga will be able to invest locally to upgrade playgrounds, trails and public spaces that residents enjoy every day. These facilities are important to Mississauga, especially as we prepare for the 150th anniversary of Confederation and our nation’s founding.”
On May 24, 2016, the Federal Government announced the launch of Intake Two of the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program in Southern Ontario.
As part of the two-year Canada 150 funding, communities in Southern Ontario will receive $44 million for projects completed before March 31, 2018. The maximum funding available for any one project is limited to $1 million. All submissions must get a minimum of 50 per cent funding from other sources. Priority will be given to community projects that can be completed by March 31, 2018 and that can leverage two-thirds or more of funding.
Funding is eligible for community projects that:
- Renovate, expand and improve existing public infrastructure assets such as:
- Community centres, recreational facilities, cultural centres, trails and playground equipment
- Work must be completed for facilities that are open for public use
“If the City were to receive approval for all of the grants submitted, this opportunity would provide the City with approximately $11.5 million in infrastructure funding,” said Janice Baker, City Manager and Chief Administrative Officer. “The City will fund the balance, including ineligible costs, primarily through taxes and reserves. The City will be using funds included in the 10-year capital budget forecast.”
The list of proposed City redevelopment/reconstruction projects is available here.
All submissions for Canada 150 will be accepted until 5 p.m. on June 24, 2016.
For more information about the federal funding program, please visit Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program.
As part of Economic Action Plan 2015 and a co-ordinated federal approach to celebrating Canada’s 150th anniversary, the Federal Government announced the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program on May 15, 2015.
Projects were recommended because:
- They can be substantially completed by March 31, 2018
- They best meet the Canada 150 program criteria and timelines