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  • December 12, 2017

Ontario Building Up Cycling in Waterloo Region With Significant New Investment

More Bike Lanes and Cycling Infrastructure Part of Ontario’s Climate Change Action Plan



December 8, 2017

 Ontario is making it safer and more convenient for people to get around by bike, by increasing its investment in local cycling to build bike lanes and other cycling infrastructure in Waterloo Region.


This investment is part of Ontario's Climate Change Action Plan and is funded by proceeds from the province's cap on pollution and carbon market.


Over $4.1 million will flow to communities within Waterloo Region as part of the Ontario Municipal Commuter Cycling Program.  Kitchener Centre MPP Daiene Vernile says, “The funding will help the Region build new and improved cycling infrastructure,” adding, “This investment will encourage people to cycle more often, improve safety, and provide more travel options.”


Funding by Community






Waterloo Region (Upper Tier)














Active transportation is a critical part of the transportation system, and across Ontario, 120 municipalities from Essex County to Thunder Bay will receive funding from the province to build more bike lanes and other cycling infrastructure, or enhance existing infrastructure.


Making cycling safer and more convenient is part of Ontario’s plan to create fairness and opportunity during this period of rapid economic change. The plan includes a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, easier access to affordable child care, and free prescription drugs for everyone under 25 through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation.




“Cycling is a convenient and sustainable way to get around and that is why we are committed to building more cycling infrastructure to make it easier for people to bike. Our government looks forward to continue working with our partners and the cycling community to ensure we create a safe and integrated cycling network.”

— Steven Del Duca, Minister of Transportation


“Cycling keeps our communities healthy, active and well connected. We want to ensure that people across Ontario have the infrastructure they need to keep cycling safe, accessible and easy for all. The benefits to jumping on a bike are endless – it can be a wonderful way to explore our cities and a healthy method to get those much-needed errands done. Through the Ontario Municipal Commuter Cycling Program, we’re building on the vision to create cycling-friendly roads that municipalities want and deserve.” 

— Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport


“Reducing greenhouse gas pollution from transportation is one of the most important actions we can take to fight climate change. Creating more bike lanes in communities big and small makes it easier and safer for people across the province to choose cleaner, quicker ways of getting around. This investment shows how our Climate Change Action Plan and carbon market are working together to build a healthier planet for future generations.”

— Chris Ballard, Minister of the Environment and Climate Change


“This funding will enhance local connectivity and cycling commuter safety in the Region of Waterloo through active transportation facilities, including road improvements, the installation of multi-use trails and separated bike lanes. The improved cycling networks will respond to the community’s desire to connect to ION Rapid Transit stations and to encourage those who are less comfortable to ride on the road and explore all that the Region has to offer.”

Ken Seiling, Regional Chair, Region of Waterloo


“We welcome today’s provincial funding announcement for cycling infrastructure.  Cycling provides tremendous environmental and health benefits, and the City of Kitchener has made cycling infrastructure a priority.  This funding will increase road safety due to more dedicated bike lanes, and an overall better cycling network.”  

Mayor Berry Vrbanovic, City of Kitchener




“This is an important and forward thinking initiative, one that complements and supports the investments the City of Waterloo has made in recent years in active transportation and active living, as well as to our cycling infrastructure.  Along with the obvious health benefits to cyclists, less reliance and use of motor vehicles has a positive and lasting impact on our environment which creates exponential health benefits for the broader community.”

— Mayor Dave Jaworsky, City of Waterloo


“This type of funding allows rural communities such a Wilmot to create safe opportunities for cyclists to travel some country roads. We are aware that clubs from larger urban areas like to travel the back roads during the nice weather and challenge themselves.”

— Mayor Les Armstrong, Wilmot Township


“This funding will help our community to offer a safer option for commuters, families, and cycling groups. Education around cycling is key for the safety of all our cyclists and I feel this is a huge step in the right direction. Not only is this a healthier way to travel, it will also cut down on our community carbon footprint and make a huge impact on the community. This makes it more accessible to those cyclists looking to lead healthy lifestyles. We, as a cycling community, look forward to significant growth for cyclists in the region.”

Jennifer Bonneville, Owner McPhail's Cycle  





  • The province is investing $93 million this year, more than doubling the initial $42.5 million announced earlier this year.
  • All Ontario municipalities will have additional opportunities to apply for and benefit from the 4-year program.
  • The Ontario Municipal Commuter Cycling Program builds on Ontario’s Cycling Tourism Plan: Tour by Bike and the Ontario Municipal Cycling Infrastructure Program, helping 37 municipalities across the province build or improve cycling infrastructure. About 1.5 million people in Ontario hop on their bikes at least once a week during the spring, summer and fall, and many cycle year-round.
  • The Ontario Municipal Commuter Cycling Program is a commitment under Ontario’s five-year Climate Change Action Plan, which aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 15 per cent below 1990 levels by 2020, 37 per cent by 2030 and 80 per cent by 2050.
  • #CycleON: Ontario’s Cycling Strategy was announced in 2013 to promote safe cycling and encourage more people to ride their bikes to work, school and for recreation.







Cycling in Ontario

Explore Ontario by Bike

#CycleON: Ontario's Cycling Strategy




Rebecca Wagner

Office of MPP Daiene Vernile


(cell) 226-749-2681  



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