Wed, 03 Jun 2015
Town Council has endorsed five heritage projects ranging in cost from $2.7 million to $525,000 as potential candidates for funding through the federal government’s Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program (CIP). The CIP program provides $150 million nationally over two years to support the rehabilitation, renovation and expansion of existing community infrastructure. Municipalities were invited to submit a range of projects for their community.
The town identified five potential projects to benefit Oakville: Waterfront Trail improvements at Tannery Waterworks, Coach House renovation at the Oakville Museum on the Erchless Estate, Towne Square renovation, Bronte Heritage Waterfront Park improvements, and Heritage Cross Town Trail rehabilitation.
“These projects would be a valued addition to the cultural heritage of our community,” said Mayor Rob Burton. “The town is ready to contribute up to two-thirds of the project costs in addition to funding support from the federal government. Together, we can rejuvenate heritage attributes in Oakville in honour of Canada’s 150th celebration.”
Southern Ontario has been allocated up to $44 million of the $150 million total fund, and applications are open to a wide range of public and not-for-profit institutions. The main criteria for projects is that they focus on rehabilitation, renovation and expansion of existing community infrastructure assets. New infrastructure, temporary installations or facility expansions that would result in a significant increase of the asset (i.e. more than a 50 per cent increase in square footage) are not eligible.
The proposed projects submitted by the town are:
Oakville Member of Parliament Terence Young commended the town for submitting such a strong selection of projects and committed to championing the town’s submission with federal officials.
“I am very pleased the Town of Oakville has applied to the Canada 150th fund to contribute to historical projects in Oakville. I will enjoy advocating for the people of Oakville in Ottawa to ensure Oakville receives its fair share of funding from the Canada 150th fund.”
For more information on Oakville’s heritage districts visit the Heritage Districts page.