For Immediate Release
Perth–Wellington, ON – Eight local projects across Perth–Wellington have been approved to receive at total of $422,667 in federal funding through the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Project (CIP).
“It is great to see municipalities and community groups in Perth—Wellington receive funding through this important program. These funds will allow our rural communities to make necessary upgrades, improve accessibility and allow our communities to grow and thrive” said M.P. Nater upon receiving the news from Office of the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development.
The Canada 150 CIP was first announced in the 2015 Federal Budget by the previous Conservative Government.
“While I was pleased when the current Liberal Government reversed their previous opposition to the Canada 150 Fund and chose to continue this valuable investment in community infrastructure. However, in the past few months I have been concerned with the implementation of the program” said M.P. Nater. Noting the delay in notifying applicants he stated. “I am disappointed it took the Minister’s office six months to provide a response to applicants. Many municipalities and community groups required this information weeks ago for their budget deliberations.”
Many important infrastructure projects did not receive funding through this round of announcements. In response M.P. Nater said. “I was disappointed that many important community projects will be unable to proceed due to lack of federal assistance. I look forward to working with municipalities and community groups to ensure rural and small-town communities receive much-needed support from the federal government.”
The Canada 150 CIP is delivered by regional development agencies across Canada. Over two years $88.8 million will be made available through Federal Economic Development Agency for Ontario. This funding supports the renovation, expansion and improvement of existing community and cultural infrastructure.
Approved Projects for Perth—Wellington:
- $40,000 to the Township of Wellington North for Rehabilitation of Kinsmen Ball Park
- $109,000 to the Township of North Perth for Memorial Park Trails
- $21,667 to the Township of Perth East for Improvements to Quinlan Park
- $21,667 to the Township of Perth East for the Rehabilitation of Mill Street Park
- $57,000 to the City of Stratford for the rehabilitation of Shakespeare Park
- $23,333 to the Township of Perth South for Sebringville sidewalks
- $50,000 to Town of St. Marys for the revitalization of Cadzow Park
- $100,000 to the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame for the Collection Centre