TORONTO – The Ontario government is putting people first by helping municipalities make roads and bridges safer, while ensuring Ontario is open for business and open for jobs.
Applications are now open for the next round of the Connecting Links program for new projects starting in spring 2020. Connecting links are municipal roads or bridges that connect two ends of a provincial highway through a community or to a border crossing.
“We will continue to invest in municipal roads and bridges to keep families safe and support jobs and growth in local communities,” said Transportation Minister Caroline Mulroney. “These municipal roads and bridges are vital links that help connect people to jobs and make Ontario a more attractive place to invest and start or expand a business.”
The province provided $30 million in 2019-20 to support Connecting Links projects across Ontario. The funding covers up to 90 per cent of eligible project costs, to a maximum of $3 million.
Eligible costs include the design, construction, renewal, rehabilitation and replacement of municipal roads and bridges that run through communities and connect to provincial highways.
- Through the Connecting Links program, Ontario helps municipalities repair designated roadways and bridges that connect two ends of a provincial highway through a community or to a border crossing.
- Currently, there are 352 kilometres of connecting links, with 70 bridges in 77 Ontario municipalities.
- Connecting Link projects are reviewed based on technical need and safety considerations such as connecting link bridge and road condition, need for repair in the near term and cost effectiveness.