Connecting LinksPublished on August 14, 2020
On August 13, 2020, Premier Ford and Kinga Surma, Associate Minister of Transportation (GTA), announced the opening of the application process for the 2021-22 Connecting Links program. This government is delivering on its promise to build a better transportation system to keep people and goods moving across the province. As a result, the government is providing $30 million to municipalities through the Connecting Links Program to build, repair or replace local roads and bridges.
This investment is not just about improving our roads and bridges, it is about creating good jobs in communities across the province, ensuring businesses can get their goods to market, and getting people to work on time and home sooner so they can spend more time with their families. This is part of our made-in-Ontario plan for growth, renewal and economic recovery. Applications are now open for the next round of the Connecting Links program for new projects starting in spring 2021.
The Connecting Links program provides funding to eligible municipalities of up to 90 per cent of eligible project costs, up to a maximum of $3 million for road projects. In response to municipal feedback, the province is permanently raising the maximum amount of available funding for bridge projects from $3 million to $5 million to reflect the higher costs of maintaining and repairing bridges compared to roads. Eligible costs include the design, construction, renewal, rehabilitation and replacement of municipal roads and bridges that connect two ends of a provincial highway through a community or to a border crossing.
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