Investing in active transportation options for Yarmouth residents

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Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, July 16, 2021—The health and safety of Canadians are top priorities for the governments of Canada and Nova Scotia. Communities across Canada are on the frontline of the COVID-19 pandemic, and need immediate assistance to ensure their public infrastructure is safe and reliable.

That is why governments have been taking decisive action to support families, businesses and communities, and continue to look ahead to see what more can be done in these unprecedented times.

Today, the Honourable Bernadette Jordan, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard and Member of Parliament for South Shore—St. Margaret’s, on behalf of the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities; the Honourable Zach Churchill, Minister of Health and Wellness and Member of the Legislative Assembly for Yarmouth, and Gil Dares, Councillor for the Town of Yarmouth, announced funding to improve active transportation in the Town of Yarmouth.

The project will build four new multi-use paths totalling 2.93 kilometres and 130 metres of sidewalks to offer safe and accessible active transportation options for residents. The work will allow pedestrians and cyclists of all ages and abilities to travel along the main active transportation route within the town’s downtown business core, residential area and high school district.

Once completed, the project will benefit the community by providing safe multi-use paths, encouraging a healthier lifestyle for town residents and visitors, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions by reducing vehicle use.

The Government of Canada is investing more than $944,000 in this project through the Green Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada infrastructure plan. The Government of Nova Scotia is contributing more than $787,000, while the Town of Yarmouth is contributing more than $629,000.