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Rehabilitation project to fix up 555m of Shore Rd in Eastern Passage

By Caitlin Snow May 9, 2023 | 6:00 AM

Credit: Infrastructure Canada

A joint investment from Ottawa and Halifax Regional Municipality to fix up a shoreline in Eastern Passage.

The climate action project will cost $5 million.  The federal government will pay $3 million and $2 million will come from the city to rehabilitate 555m of Shore Rd.

“The best time to come together to build a more sustainable, more livable future for Haligonians is now. This is an important investment for Nova Scotia and means residents can benefit from Eastern Passage’s natural beauty, by preserving our coastal shores, biodiversity and ecosystems, while building healthier communities.”

Darrell Samson, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence and Member of Parliament for Sackville—Preston—Chezzetcook, on behalf of the Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities

The project will use natural infrastructure like trees and wetland to reduce erosion and restore the ecosystem along the coast and to protect the community from rising sea levels.

“Halifax is already experiencing the impacts of climate change, and these are going to get worse. Halifax has one of the strongest climate action plans in the country with HalifACT, but we must pair this plan with action. Funding climate action, such as the Shore Road Green Shores Project here in Eastern Passage, will help protect this community from rising sea levels and related risks such as storm surge and wave runup. This project takes a nature-based approach to preserving the safety and accessibility of the community while providing public access to green space.”

His Worship Mike Savage, Mayor of Halifax Regional Municipality

Quick Facts:

  • The Government of Canada is investing $3 million in this project through the Natural Infrastructure Fund (NIF), and the Halifax Regional Municipality is contributing $2 million.
  • The Natural Infrastructure Fund supports projects that use natural or hybrid approaches to increase resilience to climate change, mitigate carbon emissions, protect and preserve biodiversity and wildlife habitats, and promote Canadians’ access to nature.
  • Examples of natural infrastructure include urban forests, street trees, wetlands, living dykes, bioswales, and naturalized coastal restoration.
  • Hybrid infrastructure incorporates elements of engineered grey infrastructure to enhance or support natural infrastructure and/or the use of ecosystem processes. Examples of hybrid infrastructure include green roofs and walls, and naturalized stormwater ponds.
  • A minimum of 10% of the overall program envelope will be allocated to Indigenous-led projects.
  • The funding announced Monday builds on the Government of Canada’s work through the Atlantic Growth Strategy to create well-paying middle-class jobs, strengthen local economies, and build inclusive communities.

It will also strengthen the economy with well-paying, middle-class jobs.

Credit: Infrastructure Canada


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