More Nova Scotians will have access to walking and biking paths, ride sharing and other sustainable transportation options with continued support from government for the Connect2 program.
Energy Minister Michel Samson announced today, April 4, that Connect2 will begin accepting applications from groups that want to build routes for trips under two kilometres between key points in a community, or those that promote options like ride sharing.
“As we move toward a cleaner energy future we all have an important part to play,” said Mr. Samson. “This is about giving Nova Scotians more options to reduce their carbon footprint and making walking or biking a practical and enjoyable choice throughout Nova Scotia, especially in rural areas.”
Government will provide $600,000 to the program again this year, pending budget approval. Since Connect2 was created, government has invested $1.2 million which has helped create about $5.2 million in additional funding to support more than 50 projects.
“With support from Connect2 we accelerated work to the Riverlakes Greenway multi-use trail which runs through the community of Fall River,” said Bob Guscott, chair, Shubenacadie Watershed Environmental Protection Society Trails. “Community members now have access to the larger transportation system.”
Successful projects are eligible for up to 50 per cent of costs, to a maximum of $150,000 for projects in the infrastructure and design category. Projects that focus on public education and engagement or studies to advance sustainable transportation best practices in Nova Scotia are eligible for up to 50 per cent of costs, to a maximum of $30,000.
Applications are due May 5 and all projects must be completed by March 10, 2018.
For more information on the program, or to apply, visit novascotia.ca/sustainabletransportation.