Bossio applauds the advancement of six local infrastructure projects in Hastings—Lennox and Addington
Tweed, ON – Investing in rural infrastructure will help grow local businesses, ensure all Canadians benefit from and play an active role in their communities, and better safeguard the health and environment of communities across Canada.
Today, Mike Bossio, Member of Parliament for Hastings—Lennox and Addington, applauded the provincial government’s nomination of road and bridge projects across Ontario for federal funding consideration.
As the inaugural chair of the National Liberal Rural Caucus, Bossio has been advocating for small, rural communities since being elected in 2015. In November 2016, he and his Liberal Rural Caucus colleagues secured the $2 billion federal fund for small rural communities that is supporting today’s announcement.
“Rural communities are my priority, and I am thrilled to see these projects moving forward for our municipalities,” said Bossio. “Many small municipalities like ours lack the financial and human resources they need to compete with larger communities. That’s why it was so important to me to fight for the $2 billion dollars in infrastructure funding specifically for these communities, which helps to level the playing field. I am proud to see that Infrastructure Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne and the Government of Canada took a leading role in engaging with small, rural communities, and acted on their advice and needs.”
Of the 49 projects put forward today by the province, six of them are in Hastings—Lennox and Addington:
- Municipality of Hastings Highlands – Hwy 62 Revitalization
- Municipality of Tweed – Boundary Bridge Replacement
- Township of Carlow/Mayo – Mayo Lake and Hartsmere Road Rehabilitation
- Township of Stone Mills – Newburgh Durham / Brock Street Drainage Improvements
- Township of Tudor and Cashel – Weslemekoon Lake Road Rehabilitation (Phase 2)
- Township of Tyendinaga – Roundabout at Deseronto Road and Belleville Road Intersection
“It is unfortunate that our municipalities had to wait this long to get the ball rolling,” said Bossio. “I know that MPP Daryl Kramp and I have both been advocating for the needs of our municipalities and I am happy to see that hard work paying off. Our federal government signed the agreement with Ontario fourteen months ago, so this could have been done last year and these projects completed. The federal government has been ready. With the Ford Government’s late announcement today, it is possible that our hard-working municipalities will not be able to get shovels in the ground until this fall, losing another construction year.”
Bossio met with newly-elected Hastings Highlands Mayor Vic Bodner and Deputy Mayor Tracy Hagar in April 2019 to discuss infrastructure priorities, including Hwy 62, which Bossio has been advocating for since Spring 2016.
Bossio met again with Tyendinaga Township Council in April 2019 to discuss their application for infrastructure funding for a new roundabout, which has been advanced in today’s announcement.
Bossio met again with Tweed Council in January 2019 to discuss their infrastructure priorities and the ways in which the federal government can help.