A group walking near the Sandwich Community OfficeThe project team is proud to be delivering a Community Benefits Plan that will provide economic opportunities and neighbourhood improvements in the communities of Sandwich/West Windsor and Southwest Detroit.

In winter 2020, the first release of funding to four Community Benefits Plan initiatives was provided, totaling more than $475,000 (CDN). The funding will support two initiatives being undertaken in Canada and two in the US, in the areas of aesthetics and landscaping, economic benefits and community partnerships.

In Canada, Life After Fifty received funding to launch the West End Art Project, a community art project, that will engage local youth and the surrounding community to celebrate the culture and heritage of Sandwich/West Windsor. Printed stack of the Gordie Howe International Bridge Community Benefits planLearn more about the project.

The City of Windsor also received funding to undertake an Environmental Assessment for the Ojibway Park – Black Oak Heritage Park Wildlife Eco-Passage. This part of a larger investment of seed funding to be released to the City should all approvals, permits and funds be secured.

In the US, the first of three years of funding has been provided to Southwest Detroit Business Association (SDBA) to launch Bridge to Prosperity, a new business development program that will provide planning and development support to Southwest Detroit small businesses and start-ups. The Bridge to Prosperity program is now accepting clients (link to where info can be found) and offers drop-in office hours, one-on-one coaching and will host future workshops. Hear more about the program.

The Fort-Rouge Gateway (FRoG) Partnership also received funding for the creation of a sculpture within the new Fort Street Bridge Park. The park will connect residents with nature while highlighting the region’s culture and history.

Read the news release and learn more about these initiatives.

Community Benefits Plan initiatives will continue to be implemented with allocated funding between 2020-2025.