Ontario Investing over $550,000 in Smiths Falls through Connecting Links Program

Funding part of the Connecting Links Program to build and rehabilitate vital transit corridors across the province

May 17, 2024

Smiths Falls, Ont. – The Ontario government is investing $550,638 to help the Town of Smiths Falls with  detailed design work, including environmental assessment, for the Beckwith Street New Lock and Pedestrian Structure Rehabilitation. The funding is being delivered through the Connecting Links program, which helps maintain vital roads and bridges that connect people to good jobs, support the movement of goods and drive economic growth in Northern and rural communities.

“Safe and reliable roads and bridges are vital links that connect people to jobs and housing and make it easier for them to get where they need to go,” said John Jordan, MPP for Lanark-Frontenac-Kingston. “Our government will continue to provide the funding municipalities need to ensure our transportation infrastructure is maintained for generations to come.”

A connecting link is a designated municipal road or bridge that connects two ends of a provincial highway through a community, or to an international border crossing. This year, the Ontario government is investing $30 million in 21 projects to repair roads and bridges in 19 municipalities across the province.

“Under the leadership of Premier Ford, our government is investing an historic $27 billion over the next decade to build and repair roads, highways and bridges,” said Prabmeet Sarkaria, Minister of Transportation. “We will continue to support our municipal partners to ensure we build a better, stronger Ontario that leaves no community behind.”

Eligible costs for Connecting Links include the design, construction, renewal, rehabilitation and replacement of designated municipal roads and bridges. Municipalities are encouraged to apply for 2025–26 Connecting Links program funding when the intake opens later this year.

Quick Facts

•            In Ontario, there are a total of 352 kilometres of connecting links, with 70 bridges in 77 municipalities.

•            The Connecting Links program provides funding for up to 90 per cent of eligible project costs. This includes a maximum of $3 million for road projects and $5 million for bridge projects. 

MPP John Jordan, Lanark-Frontenac-Kingston




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