Wednesday marked Regina’s first city council meeting of 2023, and with it came a big discussion about how to spend $9 million in funding from the federal and provincial governments.
Given the “Transit and Housing Funding” designation, the cost was split 50/50 between the two governments.
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Today the city council discussed a number of infrastructure projects using the money.
$4 million has been designated to cover the transit operating deficit from 2019 to 2021.
- $3 million of this designation will go toward an investment for a non-vehicular pathway network that “supports connectivity within the downtown core by enhancing safety, enhanced usability, connecting civic infrastructure, and updating dynamic level of multimodal transit for the community,” according to the January 25 City Council agenda.
- $1.065 million will be used as an investment to support shovel-ready densification projects.
$400,000 is for the installation and upgrade of bus shelters and the installation of concrete slabs to improve the accessibility of bus shelters throughout the city.
$1 million will be used for infrastructure upgrades to support the development of the new YWCA, while another $1 million will be used for infrastructure upgrades to the former Taylor Field site to support housing development.
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Six years after the demolition of the old stadium, the funds are intended to provide adequate shelter for people in need.
“We wanted to make sure the money was earmarked,” Regina Mayor Sandra Masters said. “With the possibility that if agreements have not been reached, we at least have room for emergency shelter over the winter.”
Finally, $3 million will be used to purchase a building that will be converted into an Indigenous-run emergency wellness centre.
“It was almost like Christmas,” Masters said when asked how she felt about the funds arriving.
The report was carried 11-0 in favor of the recommendations.
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