Federal government makes great strides on multi-use paths in Mississauga
MISSISSAUGA, ON, Nov. 17, 2023 /CNW/ - More than five kilometres of new recreational trails will be constructed in Mississauga thanks to an investment of more than $21 million from the Government of Canada, the City of Mississauga, the Region of Peel and Credit Valley Conservation (CVC).
Charles Sousa, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Services and Procurement and Member of Parliament for Mississauga—Lakeshore; Chris Fonseca, Acting Mayor for the City of Mississauga and Ward 3 Councillor; and Stephen Dasko, City of Mississauga Ward 1 Councillor and Credit Valley Conservation Board of Directors representative, announced this funding for active transportation infrastructure in the Lakeview Village and Jim Tovey Lakeview Conservation Area.
Currently under development, the Lakeview community will provide new housing, parklands, and commercial space on a former industrial site on Lake Ontario. Connecting to the new community – and linked by the Waterfront Trail – CVC, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority and the Region of Peel are constructing the Jim Tovey Lakeview Conservation Area. A region of reclaimed meadows, forests, and wetlands, the new conservation area will preserve habitat for wildlife, help the community become more resilient to the impacts of climate change, and restore access to the waterfront for residents.
Through the support of the federal Active Transportation Fund, over five kilometres of multi-use paths will be constructed, as well as two new steel pedestrian bridges, an accessible viewing platform, bike racks, benches, new landscaping, natural shading, trail-side fences, and extensive signage to assist people with navigating the community and the conservation area. The new trails will form an important link between Toronto and Mississauga, completing the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail and extending the Trans Canada Trail. The trails will also connect with public transit facilities and other recreational trails.
Well-designed trails are an important feature of a community – making commutes more affordable and enjoyable, while enhancing access to parks, forests, meadows, and wetlands. The construction of these new trails will help connect millions of residents to more of their communities and surrounding greenspaces, support active lifestyles, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
This investment is part of Canada's National Active Transportation Strategy, which aims to create and improve pathways, bike lanes, and pedestrian bridges all over the country. It's a big step towards healthier living and creating tight-knit communities, making a better-connected Canada for us all!
"This shoreline trail will provide a year-round connection between Mississauga and Toronto, and an outdoor space that promotes healthy, active living. The Government of Canada is committed to helping communities develop the infrastructure they need while reducing greenhouse gas emissions. By investing in a trail network in the redeveloped and restored Lakeview community and Jim Tovey Lakeview Conservation Area, we are creating a healthier community and environment."
Charles Sousa, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Services and Procurement and Member of Parliament for Mississauga—Lakeshore, on behalf of the Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Housing, Infrastructure and Communities
"On behalf of the City of Mississauga and Members of Council, we welcome this active transportation funding announcement and thank our federal partners for this investment. Investing in active transportation is an investment in the health, well-being and future of Mississauga. By prioritizing walking and cycling infrastructure, we create safer streets, reduce traffi congestion, improve air quality and promote a more connected, vibrant, and sustainable city. It's an investment in our residents' quality of life, our environment and the long-term economic vitality of our city."
Chris Fonseca, Acting Mayor and Ward 3 Councillor for the City of Mississauga
"Credit Valley Conservation is honoured and grateful to receive support from the Government of Canada's Active Transportation Fund for the Jim Tovey Lakeview Conservation Area project. Through the creation of new and expanded networks of pathways, bike lanes, trails and pedestrian bridges, this funding investment will support a shift towards active transportation for the public to move between Mississauga and Toronto and to experience a brand-new section of the Great lakes Waterfront Trail at the restored shoreline."
Stephen Dasko, City of Mississauga Ward 1 Councillor and Credit Valley Conservation Board of Directors representative
Active Transportation Fund
National Active Transportation Strategy
Federal infrastructure investments in Ontario
Jim Tovey Lakeview Conservation Area Project
SOURCE Infrastructure Canada