Today, Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) was awarded a $4.1 million investment from the Government of Canada through the Active Transportation Fund to support the Jim Tovey Lakeview Conservation Area (JTLCA).
“Credit Valley Conservation is honoured and grateful to receive support from the Government of Canada’s Active Transportation Fund for the Jim Tovey Lakeview Conservation Area project,” said Stephen Dasko, City of Mississauga Ward 1 Councillor and Credit Valley Conservation Board of Directors representative. “The funding investment will provide a connection for park visitors, cyclists and others to move between Mississauga and Toronto and to experience a brand-new section of the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail at the restored shoreline.”
The funding will support the construction of
- More than 5km of multi-use waterfront and recreational trails.
- Two new steel pedestrian bridges.
- An accessible boardwalk trail and viewing platform.
- Cycling support amenities.
- Dual-stream waste receptacles.
- Accessible rest areas, including 45 benches.
- Shading and greenery, including installation of 3,100 trees, shrubs and perennials.
- Trail-side barrier fencing to protect adjacent natural areas.
- Wayfinding and directional signage.
“Today’s announcement turns a long-held vision of a vibrant, accessible waterfront into a reality. This shoreline trail will provide a year-round connection between Mississauga and Toronto, and an outdoor space that promotes active living,” said Charles Sousa, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Services and Procurement and Member of Parliament for Mississauga-Lakeshore, on behalf of the Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Housing, Infrastructure and Communities. “Our government is committed to helping communities develop the infrastructure they need while reducing greenhouse gas emissions. By investing in a trail network in the redeveloped and restored Lakeview community and Jim Tovey Lakeview Conservation Area, we are creating a healthier, sustainable environment for everyone to enjoy.”
CVC, in partnership with the Region of Peel and Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) and supported by Cities of Mississauga and Toronto, have worked together to create a new waterfront conservation area that will connect people to nature. JTLCA will provide 26 hectares of new greenspace along the Lake Ontario shoreline at the Mississauga-Toronto border. The waterfront is being transformed into a hub for passive waterfront recreation, a hotspot for wildlife migration and a green oasis in the heart of the city.
The creation of the JTLCA is a multi-year process that includes an environmental assessment, engineering and design planning, permitting, landform construction, habitat restoration and Indigenous Place Making. To date, the project has reused over 262,000 cubic metres of construction rubble and 1,483,600 cubic metres of excess soil to build the new landform and enhanced shoreline. CVC’s restoration crews have planted over 76,321 wetland plants and 36,260 trees and shrubs by hand to provide food and habitat for wildlife. Learn more about the Jim Tovey Lakeview Conservation Area project at cvc.ca/jtlca.
Caption: CVC awarded Active Transportation Fund to support the JTLCA. Participating in the funding announcement (left to right): Jodi Robillos (Commissioner Community Services, City of Mississauga), Chris Fonseca (Acting Mayor for the City of Mississauga and Ward 3 Councillor), Quentin Hanchard (Chief Administrative Officer, Credit Valley Conservation), Charles Sousa (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Services and Procurement and Member of Parliament for Mississauga—Lakeshore), Lee Tovey and Stephen Dasko (Ward 1 Councillor, City of Mississauga and Credit Valley Conservation Board of Directors representative).
About Credit Valley Conservation
Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) is a local conservation authority established by the Ontario government in 1954 to protect, restore and enhance the natural environment of the Credit River Watershed. Our watershed is defined by the area of land where all rainfall, snowmelt and runoff drains into lands and waters flowing into the Credit River. CVC creates connections between people and nature, knowledge and action. We inspire a deep appreciation for the role of nature in keeping people connected, healthy and happy. CVC is a member of Conservation Ontario.
About Active Transportation Fund
Active transportation refers to the movement of people or goods powered by human activity. Active transportation includes walking, cycling and the use of human-powered or hybrid mobility aids such as wheelchairs, scooters, e-bikes, rollerblades, snowshoes and cross-country skis and more.
The first-ever Active Transportation Fund will provide $400 million over five years to support a modal shift away from cars and toward active transportation, in support of Canada’s National Active Transportation Strategy. The Active Transportation Fund will invest in projects that build new and expanded networks of pathways, bike lanes, trails and pedestrian bridges, in addition to supporting active transportation planning and stakeholder engagement activities. Learn more at www.infrastructure.gc.ca/trans/index-eng.html
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