Windsor Receives Birthday Money From Ottawa


The City of Windsor has received some birthday money from the federal government.

As part of the national Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program, Ottawa is investing $1.34 million into seven local projects in Windsor-Essex.

London North Centre MP Peter Fragiskatos says this is about leaving a lasting legacy for Canadians.

"The community is about people coming together and so if you look at each of the projects they bring together the community and generate economic prosperity," says Fragiskatos.

The Willistead Manor is getting the most funding at $450,000, followed by improvements to accessibility on the Dieppe River Walk at $250,000.

Others receiving funding are:

  • Expansion of Gino and Liz Marcus Community Complex gets $218, 308
  • Windsor LOOP Cycling trail receives $126,000
  • Leamington Kinsmen Baseball Diamond Fieldhouse gets $133,000
  • Essex Region Conservation Authority receives $63,000 for rehabilitation of the Maidstone Conservation Trails and Boardwalks
  • Pelee Island Heritage Centre gets $100,000

Windsor used today's funding announcement to officially launch its website to highlight events around the community this year as the city celebrates its 125th birthday.

Events such as the unveiling and raising of the Great Canadian Flag, the Memorial Cup, the Canada Day 150 parade and citizenship ceremony, the 75th anniversary of the Dieppe Raid and opening a  time capsule dating back to 1992.

Mayor Drew Dilkens says the website is a great way to get the community involved.

"Now is the chance to roll out the website where we can put all that information and we can announce some of those events at," says Mayor Dilkens. "The public can go there and  see all the events that are already on the calendar and we invite them to add more events."

The website is

Windsor has also received $55,000 in funding from the province to host a special Ontario-themed Open Streets event in September.