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Canada and Ontario Invest in Renewal of Burlington’s Civic Square

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Civic Square is a key gathering place and the heartbeat in the heart of our downtown. In these challenging times we are living in right now, having inviting public outdoor spaces to safely socialize is even more important than ever before.

Thank you to the Hon. Catherine McKenna, Canada’s Minister of Infrastructure & Communities, and the Hon. Laurie Scott, Ontario’s Minister of Infrastructure for this funding — with it, our Civic Square will be revitalized to be more accessible to all residents. The announcement shows the importance of our partnerships among all levels of government to make good things happen for our residents. This project wouldn’t have happened without the advocacy from MPs the Hon. Karina Gould and Pam Damoff, and MPPs Jane McKenna and Effie Triantafilopoulos to secure this funding. Thank you to Counc. Lisa Kearns for her ongoing support of the downtown.


The Civic Square Revitalization Project schedule is as follows:

  • 2023 – engagement/conceptual design
  • 2024 – detailed design/permit
  • 2025 – construction

This schedule ensures the City of Burlington has time to do a fulsome engagement process and also allows for Civic Square not to be under construction while the condos across the street are also under construction.


Please see below a news release issued by Infrastructure Canada.

Burlington, Ontario, April 9, 2021— Canadians everywhere are feeling the impact of COVID-19, on their families, their livelihoods, and their way of life. Together, the governments of Canada and Ontario are working to reduce the impact of the pandemic, ensure health and safety, rebuild businesses, and promote job creation, growth and investment.

Today, the Honourable Karina Gould, Minister of International Development and Member of Parliament for Burlington, on behalf of the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Canada’s Minister of Infrastructure and Communities; Jane McKenna, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development and Member of Provincial Parliament for Burlington, on behalf of the Honourable Laurie Scott, Ontario’s Minister of Infrastructure; Effie Triantafilopoulos, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Long-Term Care and Member of Provincial Parliament for Oakville North-Burlington; and Her Worship Marianne Meed Ward, Mayor of the City of Burlington, announced joint funding for the revitalization of the Civic Square in downtown Burlington.

The Government of Canada is investing over $1.9 million in this project through the Community, Culture and Recreation Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada plan. The Government of Ontario is providing more than $1.6 million, while the City of Burlington is investing over $1.3 million.

The work involves the replacement of the existing pavement and stairs with a new, fully accessible and barrier-free surface. The existing fountain will be replaced with a new water feature, and trees will be planted to provide a healthy canopy. Further, new seating will be installed, and the outdoor mechanical and electrical systems upgraded.

This investment will support the City of Burlington’s efforts to make the Civic Square an accessible, safe and inclusive gathering and event space where festivals and community programming can be offered to all residents and visitors.

All orders of government continue to work together for the people of Ontario to make strategic infrastructure investments in communities across the province when they are needed most.

“Inclusive public spaces play a vital role in community development and connection. Today’s investment to revitalize the Civic Square ensures residents will have access to a modern, reliable public space that builds a strong, dynamic and integrated community for years to come.  Canada’s infrastructure plan invests in thousands of projects, creates jobs across the country, and builds cleaner, more inclusive communities.” — the Hon. Karina Gould, Minister of International Development and Member of Parliament for Burlington, on behalf of the Hon. Catherine McKenna, Canada’s Minister of Infrastructure and Community

“Inclusive, accessible gathering spaces are the heart of any community, and vital to healthy, vibrant, safe and successful communities that are better equipped to restore growth, create jobs, build a greener, more competitive and resilient economy and repair the damage done by the pandemic. Together, the federal government and its provincial and municipal partners are working hard to ensure strategic investments in community infrastructure upgrades create inclusive communal spaces like Burlington’s Civic Square for all to enjoy.” — Pam Damoff, Member of Parliament for Oakville North-Burlington

“Burlington’s downtown City Hall and Civic Square provide an important gathering place for our community. This much needed investment will create a new outdoor space that encourages people to come together to celebrate our vibrant and dynamic community. That’s why I’ve actively supported and pushed to fund this revitalization project.” — Jane McKenna, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Labour, Training & Skills Development, and Member of Provincial Parliament for Burlington, on behalf of the Hon. Laurie Scott, Ontario’s Minister of Infrastructure

“The Ontario Government is supporting this local project by providing $1.6 million to help revitalize Burlington’s Civic Square and make it safer and more accessible. For years to come, these community improvements will allow the civic square to continue to be a place for families and seniors to gather for community festivals and celebrations.” — Effie Triantafilopoulos, Parliamentary Assistance to the Minister of Long-Term Care, and Member of Provincial Parliament for Oakville North-Burlington

“Burlington’s Civic Square is a beloved gathering space where our entire community comes together for countless events including flag raisings, concerts, festivals and friendship. The investment in its revitalization will create even more opportunity for the community to connect and engage with one another for decades to come. I appreciate the ongoing support and importance of this project to all members of council including Councillor Lisa Kearns, in whose ward Civic Square resides, and extend our collective gratitude to our partners in the provincial and federal governments for this welcomed and vital funding.” — Her Worship Marianne Meed Ward, Mayor of the City of Burlington


  • Through the Investing in Canada plan, the federal government is investing more than $180 billion over 12 years in public transit projects, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, trade and transportation routes, and Canada’s rural and northern communities.
  • Across Ontario, the Government of Canada has invested more than $8.3 billion in over 2,870 infrastructure projects.
  • Over the next 10 years, the Government of Ontario is investing approximately $320 million across the province and the Government of Canada is investing approximately $407 million under the Community, Culture and Recreation Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program. This stream supports the construction of new facilities and upgrades to existing facilities that improve community infrastructure (e.g., community centres, libraries), recreational venues (e.g., arenas, recreational spaces) and cultural spaces (e.g., theatres, museums).
  • Ontario is investing over $10.2 billion under the Investing in Canada plan to improve public transit; community, culture and recreation; green; and rural and northern community and other priority infrastructure.


*Posted by John Bkila, Mayor’s Media and Digital Communications Specialist

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