On Wednesday, MPP Jim McDonell met with members of the Township of South Stormont’s Council and staff to formally congratulate them on receiving a $305,000 Community Building Fund grant in late 2021 from the Government of Ontario and the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF).  The Township will be using the funds to build a new multi-use recreational trail in Long Sault.

“This grant is part of the Ontario government’s commitment to municipalities to enhance local amenities that will ensure that local amenities are available to keep residents healthy as we build great communities to live, work and raise a family,” said MPP McDonell.

Funds from the year-long grant will be used to help with the costs of the trail’s design and construction. The trail will begin at the Municipal Office Complex in Long Sault and will run parallel along Mille Roches Road and will end behind the Long Sault Arena. Future phases of trail development are planned to further connect the village of Long Sault according to the Township’s Parks and Recreation Master Plan.

“South Stormont is excited for the opportunity to continue connecting our community,” said Bryan McGillis, Mayor of South Stormont. “This trail will not only connect us, it will allow residents and visitors to remain active in a safe and accessible way.” Mayor McGillis also extended his gratitude to Council, Staff, OTF and the Government of Ontario for their ongoing work and partnerships that result in projects that benefit the whole community.

For more information on the new trail and future trail plans, please view the Township’s Parks and Recreation Master Plan at southstormont.ca/RecreationPlan

The OTF is an agency of the Government of Ontario, and one of Canada’s leading granting foundations. Last year, nearly $112M was invested into 1,384 community projects and partnerships to build healthy and vibrant communities and strengthen the impact of Ontario’s non-profit sector. In 2020/21, OTF supported Ontario’s economic recovery by helping non-profit organizations rebuild and recover from the impacts of COVID-19. Visit otf.ca to learn more.