Cycling cash for Brockville, Leeds-Grenville municipalities

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BROCKVILLE – Brockville, the county and three municipalities in Leeds-Grenville have received money to build their cycling infrastructure.

The Ontario government announced its $93 million Ontario Municipal Commuter Cycling Program (OMCC) funding package this week – money collected from cap-and-trade.

This is the first year of the four-year OMCC program.

Brockville’s share is $183,362 while the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville is receiving $$303,059.

Three municipalities – Augusta Township, the Township of Leeds and the Thousand Islands, and the Town of Gananoque – are all receiving $25,000 each.

Reacting to the news for Brockville, cycling advocate Alan Medcalf of Brockville Active Mobility Matters said the grant will help create 5.5 full time job-years of local employment in 2018.

“(It) will help move Brockville toward becoming a more bicycle friendly community, better able to attract and retain talent, families and new businesses,” Medcalf wrote.

Brockville received $325,000 last year from the Ontario government to complete two sections of the Brock Trail.

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