Earlier today, Windsor City Council unanimously supported an application to fund six projects worth $57.4 million that would dramatically enhance our downtown and riverfront.

Should our bid to Investing in Canada Infrastructure Canada Program (ICIP), Community, Culture and Recreation (CCR) Stream be successful, the city stands to be awarded $36.66 million from the federal and provincial governments — or nearly two-thirds of the costs — to build our new civic plaza and esplanade, add an at-grade pedestrian crossing on Riverside Drive, improve our festival plaza and Great Western Park and build an entrance and parkette to the Walkerville Distillery District.

A successful application would mean these six projects could be completed by 2027-2028, a much more accelerated time frame than if the city were to fund these without the assistance of the federal and provincial governments.

You don’t see this type of window open very often for this amount of money for these types of projects. I want to applaud members of Windsor City Council for coming together in one unified voice to support such an exciting project that has the potential to continue to transform and renew our downtown.

– Mayor Drew Dilkens