Funding Supports Active Transit in East Preston
The province is investing $500,000 to help build an active transit path in East Preston, providing residents a new accessible, sustainable and environmentally friendly way to move around the community.
“This 1.3-kilometre asphalt pathway will provide safe and convenient connections for residents to walk and bike to key services in the community like the community daycare and the recreation centre,” said Municipal Affairs Minister Brendan Maguire. “It also promotes more equitable access to transportation infrastructure within the province, which aligns with Nova Scotia’s Sustainable Transportation Strategy.”
The $1.5 million project includes funding from all levels of government – the federal government is contributing $600,000 and Halifax Regional Municipality is contributing $400,000.
Construction is expected to start early next summer and be complete by spring 2023.
Active transportation infrastructure is a key component of our collective efforts to encourage healthy, active lifestyles and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Today’s investment in East Preston active transportation addresses a major need in the community. This investment will make the community of East Preston safer, more walkable, and give residents a place to exercise and keep active in their community. Community leaders have been calling for this project, and I am so proud to have advocated on their behalf as their Member of Parliament and pleased that the government is investing $600,000 in this community to make it happen. Canada’s infrastructure plan invests in thousands of projects, creates jobs across the country, and builds cleaner, more inclusive communities.
Darrell Samson, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence and Member of Parliament for Sackville-Preston-Chezzetcook, on behalf of Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
This trail will create a welcome connection between East Preston’s daycare and the recreation centre, providing a safe, healthy means for children, parents and other community members to access important community amenities.
Mike Savage, mayor, Halifax Regional Municipality
- the project is funded through the Public Transit Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Plan
- the province has set a target of cutting greenhouse gas emissions to 53 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030
Nova Scotia’s Sustainable Transportation Strategy: https://novascotia.ca/sustainabletransportation/sustainable-transportation-strategy.asp
Investing in Canada Infrastructure Plan: https://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/icp-publication-pic-eng.html