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Trans Canada Trail
December 22, 2015
Trans Canada Trail

Oxford County and the Town of Tillsonburg are partnering to extend the Trans Canada Trail

Construction update - August 15

Oxford County has awarded two contracts to construct the Trans Canada Trail extension between Zenda Line and Base Line in South-West Oxford Township and Norwich Township. Lonhix Construction will construct the trail between Zenda Line and Middletown Line, and Allan's Excavating Inc. will construct the trail betwen Middletown Line and Base Line. The work includes grading of existing ballast material and placement, grading and compaction of new limestone screenings.

Trail construction is expected to occur between August 15 - September 30, 2016.

More information can be found in this Public Notice.

Public Information Centre - Wednesday, July 27

Preparation work has been completed, and construction will begin in early August on the extension of the Trans Canada Trail (TCT) from the Town of Tillsonburg to Norfolk County.

A Public Information Centre was held on July 27 in Springford to provide and update to residents interested in the project. This meeting was a drop-in format where residents could see displays and speak with staff to gather information and ask questions.

WHEN:  Wednesday, July 27, 2016
         6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

        WHERE:  Springford Community Hall
                  428 Main St. Springford

Residents who are unable to make it to the public information meeting, can still take part in the public consultation process by submitting questions and comments through Speak Up, Oxford!

Trans Canada Trail work plan update

Oxford County Council received an update on construction of the Trans Canada Trail project at their June 22 meeting. Preliminary work has been completed along the abandoned railway corridor in partnership with the Town of Tillsonburg, a step in the process that was used to develop a detailed work plan and cost estimate. A second Council report, PW 2016-36—Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program Intake Two, seeks approval to apply for a grant to help pay for fencing adjacent to the trail.
Read Council Report 2016-34

Here is a look at a brushed section of the trail, prior to the start of construction:

Trans Canada Trail Extension Project overview

Oxford County and the Town of Tillsonburg have partnered to develop approximately 27 kilometers of on and off-road trail between Tillsonburg and Norfolk County.

The section to be developed is a missing link in the Trans Canada Trail (TCT). When completed, the TCT will form one of the world's longest networks of multi-use recreational trails, stretching about 24,000 km and linking nearly 1,000 communities.

View map of proposed Trans Canada Trail extension.

Have your say

Oxford County and Tillsonburg staff are seeking the public's help in designing a trail that meets the community's needs for generations to come. 

Click on the "Send a comment now!" button to submit your questions and/or comments to staff involved in the project.

Please note: discussion with individual land owners adjacent to the trail, regarding individual concerns will be dealt with in a confidential manner, not in a public meeting. You can schedule a meeting by calling Oxford County Customer Service at 519-539-9800 or email publicworks@oxfordcounty.ca

Public meetings were held on Tuesday, November 3 in Springford and Thursday, November 5 in Tillsonburg. If you missed attending one of the meetings, a third public meeting will be held early in the new year.

Funding the TCT project

Oxford County and Tillsonburg are partnering to take advantage of one-time funding opportunities to make this project a reality. Federal grants through the Trans Canada Trail and Pan-Am and Para Pan-Am Games legacy funding will cover 65% of the cost of the project. Oxford County and the Town of Tillsonburg would then split the remaining costs on an 85-15% basis.

Trans Canada Trail funding breakdown:

Total project cost estimate: $870,000

Grant funding - $560,000

Trans Canada Trail - $310,000
Pan Am/ Para Pan Am Legacy Fund - $250,000

Municipal contributions - $310,000

County of Oxford (85%) - $263,500
Town of Tillsonburg (15%) - $46,500*

*Payment plan for Tillsonburg's contributions to be negotiated.

Funding the project was approved at Oxford County Council's September 23 meeting*. Read the full report: Read Council Report PW 2015-53

*Trans Canada Trail announced an additional $50,000 in funding at Tillsonburg's Sept. 28 meeting.

This is a one time funding opportunity to enhance quality of life in our community through the development of this linking trail. If certain timelines cannot be met in the coming weeks and months, the over $500,000 in available grant funding will be lost.

Why build trails?

An expanded trail system offers economic, environmental and health benefits for communities. 

Health - The health benefits of trail systems are widely known. They create demand for active transportation and recreation options for a range of uses including walking, cycling, hiking, jogging, cross-country skiing and equestrian. Best of all, trails can be used by people of all ages, from families with young children to seniors.

Environment - Trails improve the quality of life in a community. They preserve green space and natural heritage, while securing lands for protecting habitat for native plants and animals. A robust trail system opens up more opportunities for low carbon transportation. Trails also play a key role in promoting passive involvement in the natural environment around us.

Economy - Oxford County and Tillsonburg are strategically located at the crossroads of Ontario's major highways, which is a key strength in economic development. Our 100-kilometre trail system is also a transportation link. The pivotal location of this "missing link" in the Trans Canada Trail will connect our communities to other major centres, including Hamilton, Cambridge, Brantford, Port Dover, Waterford and Simcoe. Residents of these communities will be making use of the trails, creating tourism and recreation opportunities.

More information about the Trans Canada Trail.