New and Upgraded Roads and Bridges for Communities Across Ontario
Applications for Province’s Connecting Links Program Open August 18
Ontario is helping municipalities across the province build, renew or replace roads and bridges that run through their communities and connect to provincial highways, to improve road safety, create jobs, and foster economic growth.
Applications will open on Aug. 18 for the next round of the Connecting Links program for new projects starting in spring 2018. Connecting links are municipal roads or bridges that connect two ends of a provincial highway through a community or to a border crossing.
Ontario is making the largest infrastructure investment in hospitals, schools, public transit, roads and bridges in the province's history. To learn more about what's happening in your community, go to Ontario.ca/BuildON.
Investing in safe, well-maintained roads and bridges is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.
- Applications are due by Friday, Nov. 3, 2017. Funding for the selected connecting link projects will begin in the spring of 2018.
- The province provided $20 million in 2016-17 to support 23 Connecting Links projects and $25 million in 2017-18 to support 19 projects across Ontario. Funding for the Connecting Links program will increase to $30 million for 2018–19 and beyond.
- Ontario will update the Connecting Links program guide to allow some road widening projects to be eligible.
- There are about 350 kilometres of roads and 70 bridges along connecting links in 77 municipalities across Ontario.
- Connecting Links program 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 links infrastructure.
“We have heard from our municipal partners about the importance of the Connecting Links program – and we’ve listened. That is why we continue to invest in the Connecting Links program each year. The roads and bridges in municipalities that connect two ends of a provincial highway through a community or to a border crossing, support an integrated transportation system and are vital to both safety and the economy.”
Steven Del Duca