Sault Ste. Marie invests federal Gas Tax Funding into various projects

A gasoline pump fills a car with premium fuel.

The City of Sault Ste. Marie has allocated money from the federal Gas Tax Fund to the reconstruction of Sixth Avenue, the reconstruction of the Farwell Terrace aqueduct and the Northern Avenue Resurfacing projects.

With support from the Gas Tax Fund, the City will provide a complete reconstruction of Sixth Avenue as well as resurfacing of Northern Avenue. This includes converting a four-lane road to a three-lane road with one lane in each direction, a shared center turn lane and painted bicycle lanes beside the curbs.

The total project cost for all three projects is over $3.9 million with approximately $2.5 million allocated from the federal Gas Tax Fund.

“The federal Gas Tax Fund has provided the City with significant financial aid for various projects throughout the year,” said Shelley Schell, Chief Financial Officer & Treasurer. “We are very appreciative of the support for these projects and it is helping to create a better community.”

Progress on the 2020 projects has been very good, with anticipated completion date scheduled for early 2021.

The federal Gas Tax Fund is a permanent source of funding for municipal infrastructure. It is predictable, long-term and stable, and is helping Ontario’s municipal governments address a massive, province-wide infrastructure deficit while improving environmental sustainability and creating jobs and economic growth. The Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) administers the Fund to all municipalities in Ontario, except for the City of Toronto.

To learn more about the Gas Tax Fund in Ontario visit or @GasTaxinOntario on Twitter.



  1. Invests?!? This is mostly repair stuff that the city has been neglecting for years while focusing on other useless stuff.
    How is this considered exciting when it’s being funded by us being taxed to death?

  2. We have a nice real estate boom going on and the city is working to narrow down our roads further… Surprised they don’t want to drop GNR and 2nd Line to 3 lanes too.

  3. Chump change. 80% of the roads in Sault Ste. Marie are shot and need hundreds of millions to rebuild because of sheer neglect for 40 years. They collect billions and hand back pennies. There are only two things guaranteed in life, taxes, more taxes and death!

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