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Wellington North to Receive Funding for Cst. Rick Hopkins Bridge Rehabilitation

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Wellington North to Receive Funding for Cst. Rick Hopkins Bridge Rehabilitation

Project approved under the Small Communities Fund

Residents of Wellington North will benefit from Cst. Rick Hopkins Bridge Rehabilitation thanks to joint funding from the Governments of Canada and Ontario through the Small Communities Fund.

The Cst. Rick Hopkins Bridge located on Highway 6 in the community of Mount Forest will undergo a series of structural improvements including railing, curb, sidewalk and beam replacement, as well as waterproofing and paving. Rehabilitation work will extend the functional lifespan of the bridge, while increasing safety for motorists and pedestrians alike.

The $1-billion Small Communities Fund provides funding for priority public infrastructure projects that deliver on local needs. Canada and Ontario will each provide $272 million to support projects in communities across the province with fewer than 100,000 residents. This funding will help address local priorities, supporting job creation and economic growth, thus sustaining a high quality of life in small communities across Ontario for years to come.

Quick Facts

  • The Government of Canada will provide up to $496,326 through the Small Communities Fund for this project.
  • The Province of Ontario will contribute up to $496,326 to this project.
  • The Township of Wellington North will be responsible for all remaining costs of the project.

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“We are pleased to invest in projects like Cst. Rick Hopkins Bridge Rehabilitation that will benefit our community by improving much needed local infrastructure. Our Government’s commitment to municipalities, big and small, has never been stronger. Through the New Building Canada Plan Small Communities Fund we are investing in priority infrastructure projects that have a strong impact on the quality of life of Ontario’s residents while helping job creation and economic growth.”

Gary Schellenberger

MP Perth-Wellington on behalf of the Hon. Denis Lebel, Minister of Infrastructure, Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs & Min. of the Ec. Dev. Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec

“Revitalizing the Cst. Rick Hopkins Bridge is part of the largest infrastructure investment in Ontario’s history — more than $130 billion over 10 years. This investment will support more than 110,000 jobs per year on average, and is supported by our government’s decision to unlock the value of our public assets, to build up our roads, bridges, transit systems, schools and hospitals across the province. We are committed to building Ontario up by strengthening communities and providing the right climate to grow our economy.”

Deb Matthews

Deputy Premier, President of the Treasury Board and Minister Responsible for the Poverty Reduction Strategy

“I want to sincerely thank both the Federal and Provincial governments for supporting Wellington North in the timely repairs to the Rick Hopkins Bridge. The bridge is a critical piece of transportation infrastructure in Wellington North and provides strategic economic development linkages for our community and others throughout southern Ontario. These contributions toward maintaining our vital transportation infrastructure shows the Provincial and Federal governments recognize the importance of Wellington North and rural Ontario to the Ontario economy.”

Andrew Lennox

Mayor of Wellington North

Media Contacts

  • Vincent Rabault

    Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Infrastructure, Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs


  • Andrew Forgione

    Office of the Minister of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure


  • Michael Givens

    Chief Administrative Officer, Township of Wellington North


  • Infrastructure Canada



  • Brigitte Marleau

    Communications Branch, Ontario Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure




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