Durham Region identifies priorities for federal investment

Durham Region has identified eight priority areas for partnership with the federal government.

According to a media release, the projects will help ensure continued growth and prosperity in one of Canada’s fastest growing regions.

“Allocation-based funding will help to drive Durham’s economic growth and development, advance quality of life and support the future of transportation,” said Regional Chair John Henry.

“The results: a resilient community that is vibrant, prosperous and connected.”

As outlined in Durham’s Priorities for Federal Investment 2019, the initiatives include:

– Approving the Toronto East (Pickering) airport as Canada’s next economic engine;

– Promoting the route north of the 401 for the Metrolinx Lakeshore GO East extension to Bowmanville;

– Creating an integrated regional rapid transit network;

– Supporting Regional action on climate change and measures to address extreme weather;

– Ensuring region-wide access to high-speed internet;

– Supporting infrastructure rehabilitation and expansion;

– Accelerating the Region’s efforts to recover resources from waste streams; and,

– Increasing access to vital social services such as child care and affordable housing.

“With the federal government as a partner, the Region will be able to capitalize on several key projects to promote growth and sustainability in Durham,” Chair Henry said.

“It’s about building critical infrastructure and supporting safe and reliable systems and services. Investing in our communities today will help ensure strength and prosperity tomorrow.”

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