Additional $3 million in Support for Eglinton Avenue BusinessesPublished on March 10, 2020
TORONTO – On Monday evening, the Hon. Caroline Mulroney, Minister of Transportation and Hon. Kinga Surma, Associate Minister of Transportation, confirmed in a letter to Toronto Mayor John Tory that the province will make an additional investment of $3 million to support local businesses impacted by Eglinton-Crosstown LRT construction. This investment will consist of marketing, promotion and clean up assistance, and follows ongoing advocacy by Robin Martin, MPP for Eglinton-Lawrence to ensure the needs of the community are addressed during the recently-announced construction delay.
“I heard loud and clear that businesses were being affected by the Eglinton-Crosstown LRT. With the delay in project completion until 2022, I again raised the issue of supporting businesses in need with my colleagues in the Ministry of Transportation and they responded,” said Martin. “I want to thank the Minister and Associate Minister for responding to the needs of our community. I look forward to working with them, Metrolinx, Crosslinx, and our local business improvement areas to mitigate the impacts caused by construction and to get the line running as soon as possible.”
Metrolinx and Crosslinx Transit Solutions will continue to work with the City of Toronto, Toronto Police Services, local Business Improvement Areas, businesses and residents to further monitor, mitigate and address impacts caused by the construction of the Eglinton-Crosstown. Businesses will also receive up-to-date information on construction activities and timing when they are directly impacted.
The Ministry of Transportation has also confirmed they will be working closely with Metrolinx to explore the possibility of opening portions of the Eglinton-Crosstown LRT sooner than the full completion of the line in 2022, so that businesses and residents can begin to reap the benefits of the line.