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Windsor Celebrates Historic Investments in Infrastructure

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On July 26, 2011, Windsor residents, government officials and contractors gathered at the newly built Festival Plaza along the waterfront to mark the substantial completion of 18 infrastructure projects across the city.

The governments of Canada and Ontario, along with the City of Windsor, have contributed over $138 million toward these projects, coming together to build infrastructure that will improve the quality of life in Windsor for decades to come.

Government funding came through the joint federal-provincial Recreational Infrastructure Canada (RInC) Program in Ontario and Ontario Recreation Program (Ontario REC), as well as the federal Infrastructure Stimulus Fund (ISF) program.

Of the 18 projects funded, the investments were largely directed to water and sanitation projects, but many of Windsor's roads, parks, pools and other recreation facilities were improved, not to mention the local airport, which also got a lift.

This included the construction of a new eco-recreation building in the Ojibway Prairie Complex, which promotes eco-friendly and healthy lifestyles through natural heritage appreciation, thanks to a contribution of $500,000 by each of the governments of Canada and Ontario through the RInC Program in Ontario and Ontario REC , and a further $904,504 from the City of Windsor.

The impact of these projects have been felt across the region: from the hundreds of jobs that were created to bring these projects to reality, to the long-term benefits of cleaner water, safer roads and improved recreational facilities for residents. Through these investments, the City of Windsor is already moving towards a brighter future.