Today, Maryam Monsef, Member of Parliament for Peterborough–Kawartha, on behalf of the Honourable Bernadette Jordan, Minister of Rural Economic Development, and Mayor Carolyn Amyotte, Township of North Kawartha, announced funding to rehabilitate a combined five kilometres of roadway along Reid’s Road and Mount Julian-Viamede Road in North Kawartha.
“Economic growth in the rural part of our community benefits all of us. This has been the case in our past, it is true today and it will be essential to our country’s future prosperity,” said MP Monsef. “That’s why our government has established a Rural Economic Development Strategy. With contributions from the people of Peterborough-Kawartha, the strategy highlights people, places and partnerships as keys to sustainable rural economic development.”
The project announced today involves strengthening the base of the roads, realigning curves, brushing and repaving the roads with asphalt, and replacing ditches and culverts. The project also involves widening Mt. Julian Viamede Road, near the Mount Julian Wharf on Stony Lake, as well as widening Reid’s Road in order to accommodate cycling traffic along all five kilometers of rehabilitated road.
In addition to improving road conditions and cycling infrastructure, this project will improve drainage, and make transportation for residents more accessible and reliable.
“The Mt. Julian- Viamede and Reid’s Roads network is a crucial transportation corridor for North Kawartha Township,” said Mayor Amyotte. “These roads lead to the historic and culturally significant Viamede Resort and the Inn at Mount Julian. They also provide both public and emergency access to Stoney Lake as well as being the location of the very popular tourist attraction the Spirit of the Kawarthas Tour Boat. Reconstructing this road network will support our active transportation priorities and provide links to both cycling and hiking routes located around Stoney Lake, and lastly will greatly improve a vital emergency detour route when accidents occur on Highway 28. North Kawartha Township is incredibly grateful for the assistance of MP Monsef. Recognizing the importance of this road reconstruction project and advocating on behalf of our community, MP Monsef and her team ensured our successful application.”
The Government of Canada is investing more than $1.2 million through the Rural and Northern Communities Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada infrastructure plan. The Government of Ontario is contributing more than $677,000 and the Township of North Kawartha is providing more than $164,000 towards this project.
“Here in Peterborough-Kawartha, our government has invested in the Peterborough County Agricultural Heritage Building at Lang Pioneer Village, hosted a Rural Women’s Summit in Buckhorn, put forth significant funding for the rehabilitation of the Trent Severn Waterway, invested more than $72 million for increased broadband and cellular connectivity in Peterborough County, invested in Havelock-Belmont-Metheun’s new asset management plan, and doubled the Federal Gas Tax fund transfers this year to ensure municipalities’ priorities are not sacrificed because of the province’s partisan interests,” concluded MP Monsef. “Through all of this, we are creating jobs locally while preserving our proud rural identity.”
- Through the Investing in Canada infrastructure plan, the Government of Canada 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.
- $2 billion of this funding is supporting infrastructure projects that meet the unique needs of rural and northern communities like facilities to support food security, local access roads and enhanced broadband connectivity.
- These investments have supported new or better access to high-speed internet for over 900 rural and remote communities, giving Canadians improved access to services and helping them do business, learn, and connect with family and friends.
- About 2,700 clean water and wastewater systems have or are being built or repaired to keep Canadians healthy and our waterways clean.
- The plan has supported repairs and upgrades to more than 2,500 kilometres of roads and highways across the country, helped build over 190 kilometres of new highway, and funded more than 70 new bridges.
- In Ontario, the federal government has provided more than $7 billion in contribution to over 2,200 projects through the plan to date.
- On June 27, 2019, the Government of Canada launched two new strategies: Canada’s Connectivity Strategy, which commits to connect all Canadians to high-speed internet, and Canada’s first Rural Economic Development Strategy, which will spur economic growth and create good, middle class jobs for rural Canadians across the country.
- The Rural Economic Development Strategy leverages ongoing federal investments and provides a vision for the future, identifying practical steps to take in the short term, and serving as a foundation to guide further work.
- Central to Canada’s Connectivity Strategy are historic new investments that are mobilizing up to $6 billion toward universal connectivity. They include a top-up to the Connect to Innovate Program, a new Universal Broadband Fund, and investments from the Canada Infrastructure Bank.