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Canada 150 Infrastructure Program Funding Announcement for Benson Park

News Release
MP Neil Ellis Announces $133,200 for Benson Park Infrastructure Upgrades

March 29, 2017 Picton, ON Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario
(FedDev Ontario)

The 150th anniversary of Confederation is a time to celebrate the places across this great country that unite and connect us in our communities.

MP Neil R. Ellis, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for FedDev Ontario, today announced that Prince Edward County will receive $133,200 to put toward the Rehabilitation of Benson Park. The upgrades and improvements will serve to create more energy efficient uses and improve the safety and accessibility of the park.

This project is one of over 350 Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program (CIP 150) projects approved in southern Ontario under the program’s second intake. For more details, please see the backgrounder.

With the addition of $44.4 million in supplementary funding announced in Budget 2016, the total CIP 150 allocation for southern Ontario, being delivered by FedDev Ontario, is up to $88.8 million. Over 730 projects have been approved under both intakes.

These projects will allow Canadians to enjoy upgraded community facilities such as parks, trails, cultural and community centres. They will also help to create a lasting legacy as Canada prepares to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017.

Quotes

“Through investments in our communities, we are demonstrating our commitment to create and support sustainable growth, economic opportunity, and prosperity in Canada. By improving community infrastructure such as the Rehabilitation of Benson Park, we are helping to boost economic activity and maintain a high quality of life for residents of all ages.”
– MP Neil Ellis

“Through investments in our communities, we are demonstrating our commitment to create and support sustainable growth, economic opportunity, and prosperity in Canada. By improving community infrastructure such as the Rehabilitation of Benson Park, we are helping to boost economic activity and maintain a high quality of life for residents of all ages.”
– MP Neil Ellis

“Without question, this is the perfect infrastructure project to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary. In addition to revitalizing Benson Park and its recreational features, this funding will allow us to create the Confederation Walkway –a commemorative walkway connecting Benson Park with Picton Main Street that will celebrate our rich heritage, with special decorative features to mark significant events in the County’s history.”
– Mayor Robert Quaiff

Quick Facts

• A wheelchair ramp and accessible washrooms will be built and equipped with water saving, energy efficient fixtures.
• Current park walkways will be refurbished and cracks/uneven surfaces will be repaired.
• The funding will allow for the County to create the Confederation Walkway – a commemorative walkway connecting Benson Park with Picton Main Street.
• The sports court will be rebuilt into a safer surface for use in multiple sports.
• FedDev Ontario received more than 1,000 applications under Intake Two of the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program.
• Over the coming weeks, local announcements for projects approved through Intake Two of the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program in southern Ontario will be taking place.
• The Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program is a $300-million national program, which is being delivered by regional development agencies across the country.
• Projects were selected based on eligibility requirements and selection criteria as outlined in the program guidelines including: project readiness; project scope; funding leveraged from other sources; and the extent to which projects supported a clean growth economy.

Associated Links

FedDev Ontario – Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program

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Contacts

Matt Richardson
Neil.ellis@parl.gc.ca
613-969-3300