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Bruce and Grey receive RED funding for local projects

Bruce and Grey counties are receiving funding through Ontario’s Rural Economic Development program.

Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound MPP Bill Walker announced the funding in a release. A total of $447,786 will be split between 5 local projects. The Town of South Bruce Peninsula will revitalize main street in Wiarton. West Grey will install bike stands, pole banners and other street upgrades in 4 communities. Hanover will rehabilitate the Hanover Civic Theatre. Grey Highlands will implement the second year of the [re]IMAGINE Grey Highlands Downtown Revitalization project. Northern Bruce Peninsula and the Tobermory and District Chamber of Commerce will install way-finding signage and public wifi.

These 5 projects are part of the 60 projects that the RED funding program will be funding across the province.

“This is terrific news for our local communities. I’m excited to see that these worthwhile projects have received support,” says Walker. “This funding will be a significant boost to our local economic development initiatives.”

“Supporting local jobs and economic development in rural communities is more important than ever,” adds Lisa Thompson, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.  “As the economy continues to reopen, our investments in the Rural Economic Development program will have a very real impact for communities across rural Ontario.”

The project funding breakdown is as follows:

Town of South Bruce Peninsula – The Town of South Bruce Peninsula will revitalize the main street in Wiarton by installing decorative lighting, street furniture, landscaping, sun shelters, bicycle racks, wayfinding signs and public WiFi. Provincial share amount: $205,203

Municipality of West Grey – The Municipality of West Grey will create a cohesive look in four communities by installing pole banners, waste receptacles, street benches and bicycle stands. Provincial share amount: $10,773

Town of Hanover – The Town of Hanover will rehabilitate the Hanover Civic Theatre. Identified functionality deficiencies for improvement include washroom upgrades, accessibility improvements, flooring refinishing, entrance way improvements, as well as lighting and stage upgrades, sound control booth safety, a new sound system and house upgrades. Provincial share: $187,530

Municipality of Grey Highlands – The Municipality of Grey Highlands will implement the second year of the [re]IMAGINE Grey Highlands Downtown Revitalization project that will expand on streetscaping undertakings (decorative lighting, plants/flowers, landscaping, banners, benches and waste receptacles) in Markdale, Flesherton, Priceville, Maxwell, Kimberley, Eugenia, Feversham and Rocklyn. Provincial share: $28,380

Municipality of Northern Bruce Peninsula – The Municipality of Northern Bruce Peninsula and the Tobermory and District Chamber of Commerce will install wayfinding signage and public wifi to both enhance the visitor experience and mitigate the negative impacts of tourism traffic on residents. Provincial share: $15,900
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