Canada and Ontario invest over $5.2 million in culture and recreation projects in the GTA

Published on August 13, 2021

Trail infrastructure upgrades and expansion will provide new opportunities for local, sustainable tourism as Mississauga recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic

MISSISSAUGA — Across the country, Canadians are feeling the impacts of COVID-19 on their families, their livelihoods, and their way of life. Together, the governments of Canada and Ontario are taking decisive action to support families, businesses and communities to ensure community infrastructure is safe and reliable, while looking ahead to see what more can be done in these unprecedented times.

The Government of Canada is investing over $2.8 million in these projects through the Community, Culture, and Recreation Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program. The Government of Ontario is providing more than $2.3 million towards these projects, while recipients are contributing a combined investment of more than $1.9 million in their respective projects.

Among the projects funded, upgrades to trail infrastructure in conservation areas located in Mississauga, Caledon, Erin, and Halton Hills will improve public access to local greenspaces by eliminating physical barriers and better connecting trails with neighbouring communities. Improvements to the trails include rehabilitating four pedestrian bridges, constructing three new pedestrian bridges, expanding trails by 2.8 km, and rehabilitating 3.1 km of boardwalk.

“I’m looking forward to an upgraded and expanded network of trails throughout the Credit River Valley, and for more accessible parks from Port Credit to the headwaters in Orangeville,” said Rudy Cuzzetto, MPP for Mississauga-Lakeshore. “These investments will establish new connections with communities along the trail, and many new opportunities for local and sustainable tourism, which will have an important role in our recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a great example of what can be achieved when our provincial and federal governments work together.”

“The pandemic taught us just how important access to green space is for people’s health and wellbeing,” said Deborah Matin-Downs, the Chief Administrative Officer for Credit Valley Conservation. “The growth of our communities underscores the importance of investing in parks and trails today to ensure we have healthy communities for years to come. On behalf of our staff, our Board and the communities we serve, we thank the Government of Canada and the Province of Ontario for investing in critical infrastructure that allows more people to access green space and connect with nature close to home.”

Funding will also go towards the design, fabrication and installation of an indoor and outdoor children’s gallery at the Lincoln Museum and Cultural Centre, which will offer families educational content to learn more about local history and culture. In Markham, upgrades to the Community Centre within the Unionville Seniors Hub will provide additional programs and services that respond to the unique needs of seniors and their caregivers. Once completed, these projects will give residents greater access to recreation facilities for years to come.

All orders of government continue to work together for the people of Ontario to make strategic infrastructure investments in communities across the province when needed most.


Quick Facts

  • Through the Investing in Canada Plan, the federal government is investing more than $180 billion over 12 years in public transit projects, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, trade and transportation routes, and Canada’s rural and northern communities.
  • Ontario is investing $10.2 billion under the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program to improve public transit; community, culture and recreation; green, and rural and northern community and other priority infrastructure.
  • Across Ontario, the Government of Canada has invested more than $14.4 billion in over 3,900 infrastructure projects since 2015 under the Investing in Canada plan.
  • Across the province and over the next 10 years, Ontario is investing approximately $320 million and Canada is investing approximately $407 million under the Community, Culture and Recreation Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program. This stream supports the construction of new facilities and upgrades to existing facilities that improve community infrastructure (e.g., community centres, libraries), recreational venues (e.g., arenas, recreational spaces) and cultural spaces (e.g., theatres, museums).


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