Funding has been announced to reduce the impact of severe storms and flooding in Toronto’s Rockcliffe community.
“With severe weather events on the rise, it is imperative that we invest now in infrastructure that protects Canadians, their homes, and their businesses,” said Catherine McKenna, minister of infrastructure and communities. “Every dollar invested in upgrades to the Jane Street Bridge will protect Toronto residents and save future costs by reducing the impact of local flooding. Canada’s infrastructure plan invests in thousands of projects, creates jobs across the country, and builds cleaner, more inclusive communities.”
The Jane Street Bridge will be expanded and upgraded to reduce flood risks in the Rockcliffe community during severe storms. This upgrade also serves as a critical component of a broader flood mitigation strategy for the Rockcliffe area.
“As in many regions across Canada, Toronto and the Rockcliffe community are experiencing the impacts of climate change,” said Ahmed Hussen, minister of families, children, and social development. “The investments in the Jane Street Bridge expansion will minimize the costly effects of severe weather events and ensure residents’ homes and businesses are protected for generations to come.”
The Government of Canada is investing over $19-million through the Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund (DMAF). The City of Toronto is contributing more than $28.5-million to the project.
“I want to thank the Government of Canada, Minister McKenna, and Minister Hussen for coming forward with this funding which will impact the lives of many residents and business owners in the Rockcliffe Community,” said John Tory, mayor of the City of Toronto.
“Over the past few years we have seen the devastating impacts flooding can have on residents and their homes,” added Tory. “We are committed to finding ways to protect residents and their businesses during heavy rainfall and changing weather. Thanks to this $19-million funding through the Disaster Mitigation and Adaption Fund we can expedite the work necessary to help us resolve this ongoing issue.”
This is one of many flood-related projects funded in the Toronto area, including investments to combat erosion along the waterfront and in city ravines, as well as upgrading watermains and culverts across the city.