Canada announces funding to support active transportation in Guysborough


Guysborough —Today, Mike Kelloway, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard and Member of Parliament for Cape Breton—Canso, on behalf of the Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities, and Vernon Pitts, Warden of the Municipality of the District of Guysborough (MODG), announced over $3.9 million in joint funding to extend the network of sidewalks in the Guysborough community, a growth center in MODG. This investment will increase pedestrian safety by taking residents and visitors from adjacent communities off the gravel shoulder on Route 16 and onto an expanded network of sidewalks.

The project will construct over 2,500 metres of sidewalk, as well as benches, signage, and crosswalks. 980 metres of new sidewalk will connect the existing sidewalk along Main Street, to medical facilities, as well as senior and nursing homes on the northern side of Guysborough. An additional 1,610 meters of sidewalk towards the south will connect residents to essential businesses and services, including grocery and hardware stores, as well as provincial government offices and employment services.

Once completed, the sidewalk extension will provide safe, inclusive transportation options for residents and a healthier means of travel with a significantly reduced carbon footprint. By investing in infrastructure, the Government of Canada is growing our country’s economy, increasing the resiliency of our communities, and improving the lives of Canadians.