Ottawa cycling infrastructure programs could be delayed as PCs cancel cap-and-trade scheme

By Jon Willing, Ottawa Citizen, July 12, 2018

Multimillion-dollar cycling plans at Ottawa City Hall could be delayed as the Progressive Conservative provincial government bails from the greenhouse gas cap-and-trade scheme.

The city received $9.7 million from the Ontario Municipal Commuter Cycling Program (OMCCP) this year and has counted on more money flowing from the fund to help pay for future projects. The city learned earlier this month that the PCs are ending the program.

Expanding Ottawa’s bike network and making it safer for cyclists has been part of council’s term priorities and would no doubt be part of the next council’s agenda when the new term begins Dec. 1.

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