Connecting Links project invites applications from communities

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These links are roads or bridges that connect two ends of a provincial highway through a community, or to a border crossing

The Ontario Government has begun accepting applications for the next intake for the Connecting Links program for projects scheduled to start in spring 2017.

Connecting links are municipal roads or bridges that connect two ends of a provincial highway through a community, or to a border crossing.

Steven Del Duca, Minister of Transportation, said: “Our Connecting Links program is one way we show our long-term commitment to Ontario’s rural and northern communities and to the families who live there. These highways are essential links in many communities, connecting people to jobs, managing local congestion and improving the economy and residents’ quality of life.”

The program was introduced last year to help municipalities repair their roadways and bridges. The province provided $20 million in 2016-17 to support 23 Connecting Link projects across Ontario. Funding for the Connecting Links program will increase to $25 million in 2017-18 and $30 million in the 2018-19 period and the following years.

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Ontario is making the largest investment in public infrastructure in the province’s history — about $160 billion over 12 years for projects such as roads, bridges, transit systems, schools and hospitals. This investment is supporting 110,000 jobs every year across the province. In 2015, the government announced support for more than 325 projects that will keep people and goods moving, connect communities and improve quality of life.

  • Applications are due on October 21, 2016. Funding for the selected connecting link projects will begin in the spring of 2017.
  • There are about 350 kilometres of roads and 70 bridges along connecting links in 77 municipalities across Ontario.
  • Connecting Links funding covers up to 90 per cent of eligible project costs, to a maximum of $3 million.  The eligible costs are for the design, construction, renewal, rehabilitation and replacement of connecting link infrastructure.
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Last year, the following projects were part of the Connecting Link:

Municipality Highway Project Total Project 


Aylmer 3 Reconstruction of Talbot Street West $3,000,000
Barrie 26 Rehabilitation of Bayfield Street $675,000
Blind River 17 Detailed Design for Rehabilitation of Causley Street Bridge $274,752
Burk’s Falls 520 Rehabilitation of Armstrong Bridge $1,053,218
Centre Hastings 62 Rehabilitation of St. Lawrence Street – Madoc $712,982
Centre Wellington 6 Rehabilitation of St. David Street Bridge – Fergus $2,277,694
Chatham-Kent 40 Reconstruction of McNaughton Avenue and Murray Street Road – Wallaceburg $3,000,000
Cornwall 138 Rehabilitation of CNR overpass on Brookdale Avenue $3,000,000
Dryden 17 Routing and Sealing of Pavement on Government Street $71,894
Fort Frances 11 Detailed Design/Engineering for Rehabilitation of Mill Road OverPass $40,727
Guelph 7 Reconstruction of York Road $2,606,000
Haldimand County 3 Reconstruction of Talbot Street – Jarvis $1,260,000
Halton Hills 7 Resurfacing of Main Street in Halton Hills – Acton $675,000
Havelock-Belmont-Methuen 7 Rehabilitation of Ottawa Street – Havelock $367,271
Madawaska Valley 60 Drainage Works on Opeongo Line – Barry’s Bay $152,969
Marmora and Lake 7 Rehabilitation of Matthew Street $425,345
Meaford 26 Resurfacing of Sykes Street North $171,890
Minto 9 Reconstruction of Elora Street – Clifford $1,935,806
North Bay 63 Rehabilitation of Trout Lake Road $2,917,728
Pembroke 41 Reconstruction of Paul Martin Drive $3,000,000
Smiths Falls 15 Resurfacing of Lombard Street $620,741
Timmins 101 Reconstruction of Highway 101 East from Bruce Avenue westerly $3,000,000
West Perth 23 Rehabilitation of Blanshard Street Bridge – Mitchell $992,821
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