Investing in safer and more convenient active transportation infrastructure

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Halifax, Nova Scotia, July 16, 2021—Public transit is at the heart of an inclusive recovery, and we must prioritize measures that will build the public transit systems Canada needs now, and in the future. Investing in public transit supports Canadians through the pandemic, positions Canada for recovery by creating good jobs and supporting Canadian companies, and transforms our society for a cleaner, better future.

That is why, together, the governments of Canada and Nova Scotia are taking decisive action to help families, businesses and communities as they adapt to the realities of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Today, Darrell Samson, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence, and Member of Parliament for Sackville—Preston—Chezzetcook, on behalf of the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities; the Honourable Brendan Maguire, Minister of Municipal Affairs and his Worship Mike Savage, and Mayor of Halifax Regional Municipality announced funding for the construction of an active transportation pathway along Trunk Highway No. 7 in East Preston.

The project involves a 1.3 kilometre segment of asphalt trail that separates community members from the motor vehicle traffic on Trunk Highway No. 7. This active transportation pathway will provide a safe and convenient connection for residents to walk and bike to key services, including the community daycare, the family resource centre, the recreation centre, public transit and a seniors’ residence.

The Government of Canada is investing $600,000 through the Public Transit Infrastructure Stream (PTIS) of the Investing in Canada plan, while the Government of Nova Scotia and is providing $500,000. The Regional Municipality of Halifax is contributing $400,000.