Blind River boat launch saved by breakwall reconstruction

September 17, 2020

Matinenda Landing boat launch is the Town of Blind River’s only access point for people who have cottages on Lake Matinenda.

A breakwall – critical to protect the boat launch’s structure – was in need of repair, but the work had been postponed for several years due to a lack of available funds. In 2019, the Town experienced unusually high water levels on Lake Matinenda, and the need for the breakwall to be reconstructed became urgent.

With the federal government providing a top-up to the federal Gas Tax Fund in 2019, municipalities in Ontario received over $800 million in additional funding. Blind River was one of many communities that used the funding to accelerate an urgent project using this one-time top-up, and the breakwall was reconstructed without the municipality having to delay other vital infrastructure projects.

Watch the video below to learn more about how the top-up funds have contributed to critical infrastructure projects in the province.


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