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GOVERNMENT OF CANADA SUPPORTS PHASE II OF THE CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY’S ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION PLAN
SYDNEY (NS) – February 21, 2011 – Providing amenities to promote more physically active modes of transportation, such as cycling, took a positive step forward today when the Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Labour, announced the Government of Canada’s support for the implementation of Phase II of the Cape Breton Regional Municipality’s (CBRM) Active Transportation Plan.
“Our Government is working to create and sustain jobs for Canadians in all regions of the country,” said Minister Raitt. “Our investment in community infrastructure projects like the Active Transportation Plan, supports the vitality and growth of the local economy, promotes healthy living and enhances the appeal of the region as a place in which to live and invest.”
The total cost of implementing Phase II of the Plan is $728,250. The Government of Canada, through Enterprise Cape Breton Corporation, is investing $290,000.
The CBRM’s Active Transportation Plan, unveiled in 2008, includes a number of infrastructure projects to improve conditions for walking and cycling, as well as recommendations with respect to policies and programs to promote active living. Phase II includes the development of the Whitney Pier Community Heritage Trail, planning for the Grand Lake Road Multi-Use Trail and additional walking and cycling paths.
The Whitney Pier Community Heritage Trail is a community project initiated by the Whitney Pier Historical Society. The 1.5 kilometre trail will stretch from Victoria Road to Matilda Street, and continue along the western border of the former Sydney Steel (SYSCO) property. The trail will use signage and commemorative elements to interpret the community's industrial heritage. It will eventually link to a trail system that is planned to be built on the remediated Sydney Tar Ponds and Coke Ovens properties.
Enterprise Cape Breton Corporation offers programs in support of economic development initiatives and is responsible for delivering ACOA’s programs on Cape Breton Island and in the Mulgrave area.
da.landry @ ecbc-secb.gc.ca