Local MPP Bill Walker says the people in Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound are excited to receive unprecedented investments for local needs from transportation to infrastructure, hospitals and schools.
The MPP says he is pleased that his riding has benefited from millions of dollars in new investments since last June, signaling that rural communities matter to the new government at Queen’s Park.
“Our region has received investments in areas that were neglected by the previous administration. As a result, communities across Bruce and Grey are seeing progress on core public projects, such as the new Markdale Hospital, the new Meaford school, as well as record investments in local mental health and addictions needs,” said Walker.
Specifically, as much as $1.2 million was put into mental health across the region just last month. A total of $1 million was invested into Youth Residential Treatment and multiple local service providers received additional money to support people, families and caregivers living with mental health and addictions challenges across the riding.
Also in May, $5.8 million was invested into critical bridge and road work in Meaford and Georgian Bluffs, another $5 million for local municipalities through the Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund (OCIF), and $3.8 million for community transportation needs.
In March, $8.3 million was doled out to all municipalities across Bruce and Grey to improve delivery of local services.
We also delivered $4.4 million for community housing in April. This money covers Grey and Bruce counties’ affordable housing program, the Community Homelessness Prevention Initiative, and other initiatives to improve housing supports across the riding.
We announced the new school in Meaford, which will create space for more than 1,000 elementary and secondary students, and one new EarlyON Child and Family Centre room for children aged 0-6 and their families, while we continue to work towards a new school in Markdale.
Our government is also working with Arran-Elderslie, Kincardine, South Bruce, and EPCOR to deliver access to natural gas, as well as energy savings and economic benefits to our rural communities.
In addition, we also announced in early spring 91 new beds for Southbridge Care Inc. in Owen Sound, publicly-funded dental care for local seniors, the new Markdale Hospital, and extended planting dates for crop insurance to assist farmers struggling with this year’s unusually wet planting season.
“Over the past year we have focused on modernizing government, finding efficiencies in the system and ensuring we’re putting money and protecting things that matter most,” Walker said. “As a result, we’re able to prioritize spending in health care and mental health in Bruce and Grey. We’re also adding long-term care capacity and building new beds.”
More over, Premier Doug Ford came to the riding in February for the Wiarton Willie Festival, and stopped by Markdale to pledge his support for getting the shovels ready for the new hospital and for Grey Gables.
Walker said the government remains focused on putting people first, growing jobs, and expanding choice for Ontario consumers, such as expanding retail outlets across local communities to cell cider, beer and wine.
“We’re expanding LCBO kiosks, supermarket sales and convenience outlets. This plan supports production locally with our small craft brewers, cider and wine makers in Bruce and Grey,” Walker said. “At the same time, it supports local farmers, job growth and economic prosperity across our region.”
Since June, non-profit groups and charity associations across Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound also benefited from $280,000 in grants from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, all of which will go toward important needs in the communities.