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City Of Kawartha Lakes Shut Out Of Government Resilience Stream COVID Funding

KAWARTHA LAKES-The City of Kawartha Lakes has been shut out of the Resilience Stream COVID-19 funding provided by the federal and provincial governments.

The City told Kawartha 411 they applied for multiple projects under the COVID-19 Resilience Stream – Local Government Intake.  Today it was announced six communities received funding including Goderich, Municipality of Morris Turnberry, Newburry, North Dumfries Township, City of Peterborough and Thorold with amounts ranging from over $1 million for Peterborough to over $20,000 for Thorold. Funding is being used for things such as upgrades to fire halls and libraries, sidewalk construction and community fitness centre rehabilitation

The COVID-19 Resilience Infrastructure Stream, implemented in response to the pandemic, allows the Government of Canada to invest up to 80 per cent of eligible costs for projects in provinces, and up to 100 per cent for projects in territories and Indigenous communities. The Ontario government will invest 20 per cent of the eligible costs for projects across the province.

The City also did not receive any funding from the Community, Culture, and Recreation Infrastructure Stream as they neglected to apply for it.

Both are part of The Investing in Canada Plan – Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP) which has different streams municipalities can apply for.

When asked why the City did not apply for this stream of funding they said the other stream had a better chance of success.

“The City identified that the projects we were looking to apply for were more accurately represented under the application requirements of the COVID-19 Resilience StreamLocal Government Intake.” Ashley Locke, Communications City of Kawartha Lakes told Kawartha 411 News in early July.

When asked why they didn’t apply for both to increase their chances of getting the funding they did not respond.

Long time local MPP Laurie Scott was demoted from her position as Minister of Infrastructure in June.

 

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Pamela Vanmeer
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Pamela VanMeer is a two time winner of the prestigious Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) Award. Her investigative reports on abuse in Long Term Care Homes garnered international attention for the issue and won the Ron Laidlaw Award. She is a former reporter and anchor at CHEX News, now Global Peterborough and helped launch the New CHEX Daily, a daily half hour talk show. While at CHCH News in Hamilton she covered some of the biggest news stories of the day.

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