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Wednesday, April 28, 2021 | 2 p.m. | Windsor and Essex County

Region awarded grant to support work

Schools across Windsor-Essex can look forward to more support for active transportation when students return to in-person classes. The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit (WECHU) supported by the Greater Essex County District School Board, Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board, Conseil scolaire catholique Providence, Windsor Police, City of Windsor, Windsor-Essex Student Transportation Services, County of Essex, and Bike Windsor Essex is leading a project to increase the number of students walking and wheeling to and from school. Funding for the work is provided through a $60,000 grant from Ontario Active School Travel, a program of Green Communities Canada.

“We are very excited to receive this important funding that will allow us to leverage the strengths of our partners to make active and safe transportation more accessible for our students”, says Eric Nadalin, Manager of Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention at the WECHU. The project will initially focus on six pilot schools with expansion across the City and County planned in the future. “The schools directly involved in this project are spread throughout our region and the systems built by this funding will have impacts across all schools and boards in Windsor-Essex.” The pilot schools include:

  • King Edward Public School,
  • Margaret D. Bennie Public school,
  • Talbot Trail Public School,
  • Holy Name Catholic Elementary School,
  • Stella Maris Catholic Elementary School, and
  • École élémentaire catholique Monseigneur-Jean-Noël.

Active school travel includes walking, cycling, skateboarding and scootering as an alternative to the use of motorized vehicles for the journey to and from school. The grant monies received through Green Communities Canada will support a variety of active school travel initiatives across the region including, walkability checks, transportation toolkits and infrastructure supports for bikes and scooters. For the students and family members who join them, active school travel is one of the simplest ways to get active within the day.

The grant from Ontario Active School Travel has helped unite key partners across Windsor-Essex to promote this important contributor to health and safety for students and the community. The committee has started moving this work forward, and the grant will carry through to early 2022.

This project is made possible through financial support from Green Communities Canada and the Government of Ontario.

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