Ontario’s momentum toward becoming a more bicycle-friendly province took a big step forward today with the announcement of funding details in the first year’s tranche of the Ontario Municipal Commuter Cycling Program (OMCCP). Brockville’s grant for 2018 will be $183,362.
This year, Ontario will be investing $93 million to provide safe and low-cost commuting options for residents by enabling people to ride their bikes. This represents a doubling of the initial investment of $42.5 million, announced earlier this year.
In July, Brockville City Council passed a motion supporting the recommendation from the cycling advisory committee and senior staff to apply to participate in OMCCP. (See previous article here.)
Today’s OMCCP announcement also links to a listing of the municipalities included in the first year and their grant amounts. Local and regional recipients include Brockville ($183K), Augusta ($25K), Frontenac County ($120K), Gananoque ($25), Kingston ($1.33M), Lanark County ($548K), Leeds and Grenville ($303K), TLTI ($25K), Mississippi Mills ($25K), North Grenville ($76K), Perth ($25K), and Smiths Falls ($25K).
Under the terms of the OMCC Program, the development and approval of a cycling or active transportation (AT) master plan by the municipality must be the first project. Brockville City Council approved the application on this basis in July. The AT plan will be funded 2/3 by OMCCP and 1/3 by the City through the cycling advisory committee.
As Brockville’s OMCCP grant covers 2/3 of project costs, the grant will result in approximately 5.5 fulltime job-years of local employment in 2018, and will help move Brockville toward becoming a more bicycle friendly community, better able to attract and retain talent, families and new businesses.