Regina, Saskatchewan, November 23, 2018—The governments of Canada and Saskatchewan and the City of Regina recognize that rehabilitating existing infrastructure is a smart, sustainable way to enhance our communities, and promote economic growth.
Today, the Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, on behalf of the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, the Honourable Warren Kaeding, Saskatchewan’s Minister of Government Relations, and His Worship Michael Fougere, Mayor of Regina, announced more than $33.6 million in joint funding for Regina’s Railyard Renewal Project.
The Regina Revitalization Initiative (RRI) Railyard Renewal Project involves transforming the 17.5-acre former railyard on Dewdney Avenue into a vibrant new neighbourhood that will transform Regina’s city centre into a dynamic, connected community.
The funding announced today will go towards numerous improvements on Dewdney Avenue. Ultimately Dewdney Avenue will be renewed to become a complete street that prioritizes pedestrian safety and comfort while supporting new economic activity. This investment will support site improvements including cleaning up the site, installing utility infrastructure and developing vibrant public spaces, including a park. Future work will include a new pedestrian bridge that links the Warehouse District to downtown.
Among the many benefits this project will bring the people of Regina are more diverse housing options, additional urban green space and new commercial opportunities.