STRATHROY - On 28 June the provincial government announced funding for community transportation programmes with grants being awarded for up to $14,000,000 per request. Regions from Northern Ontario, Eastern Ontario, and the Greater Golden Horseshoe as well as Southwestern Ontario.
Of the Southwestern Ontario region, 12 community projects were awarded as part of the funding announcement. Between these regions, $7,600,000 will be handed out over two years including in this group funding both Middlesex County and Strathroy-Caradoc Twp.
Strathroy-Caradoc is set to receive $821,215.12 between 2023/2025 this additional funding is on top of the $1,450,000 previously given for the period between 2018 and 2023. For Middlesex County, $927,944.62 is headed their way between the same period added to the initial amount of $1,500,000 initially provided throughout the pilot programme’s first five years of operation.
In a statement Minister of Transportation Caroline Mulroney weighed in on the announcement saying, “The Community Transportation Grant Programme is making life easier for people living in areas with few public transportation options. The additional investment in local and inter-community transportation services will help residents – including Indigenous people, seniors, and people with disabilities – get to work, school or appointments and will give communities added security as they recover from the impacts of Covid-19 and plan for the future.”
During Strathroy-Caradoc council 5 July the announcement was part of the communication items for information part of the agenda.
Neighboring Chatham-Kent and Lambton Shores were also recipients of the funding $176,467.22 on top of the initial $500,000 for Chatham-Kent and $1,065,946.03 on top of the initial $2,000,000 for Lambton Shores who received the most amount of money through the additional funding promised by the provincial governing body.
Damon MacLean, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Middlesex Banner