The Town of Ajax faces some infrastructure challenges that require attention. One of the main challenges is the town’s transportation system, which needs improvement to better connect residents to employment, education, and healthcare opportunities. Ajax’s aging water and wastewater infrastructure also requires significant investment to ensure it meets the needs of the growing population. The town’s public transit system is relatively underdeveloped, and improvements are necessary to provide efficient and sustainable transportation options. Additionally, the town’s affordable housing shortage is becoming increasingly acute, which poses a challenge for low-income residents. Despite these challenges, Ajax is making strategic investments in infrastructure to address these issues and ensure that the town remains a desirable and livable community for its residents.
Sample Highlights from the Capital Improvement Plan
Project Start Year
Project Spend Total
Streetlight Pole Replacement – 2025
Scope: This project will remove existing streetlight poles which are in poor to very poor condition and replace with new concrete streetlight poles.Rationale: In 2013, the Town undertook a Streetlight Condition Assessment which provided an overall condition assessment of streetlight poles, identified deficiencies and established priorities for pole replacements. Pole conditions are assessed and updated on a rotational basis. Pole replacements occur at various locations in town, and are replaced on a priority basis.Reference: Electrical Safety Authority Guidelines for the Design, Installation, Operation & Maintenance of Street Lighting AssetsSchedule: Fall 2025
Security Upgrades – Intrusion System Upgrades
Scope: The proposed scope of work includes upgrades to the Town’s current intrusion systems which is utilized in many Town facilities for alarmed intrusion and security of facilities. Currently there are systems in place whereby staff have access codes and rights to arm/disarm. This project would be upgrading the system as well as adding more intrusion control measures. These systems will be upgraded at all Town Facilities (currently 21 facilities) using intrusion systems. Rationale: The Town undertook a security threat risk analysis and assessment in 2019. The assessment focused on the security of the Town Facilities along with existing policies and procedures to ensure the protection of the organization’s facilities and equipment from unauthorized access. One of the recommendations identified was upgrading the town’s intrusion systems to ensure proper security measures are always in place in facilities and to improve the safety of Town. Reference: 2019 Security Threat Risk Analysis and Assessment Schedule: The work will start in the spring of 2027 and be completed by summer of 2027.
Waterfront Management Plan
Scope: This project involves the hiring of a consultant to provide an update to the existing Waterfront Management Plan. The scope of the project will include a review of the Townâ€™s vision for the Waterfront. The vision will incorporate key elements such as the built environment, environmental issues and needs, active and passive transportation and recreation, pedestrian and vehicular connections, economic benefits, Town events, parking, lighting, and other elements found within the current plan that require review. The update will also include public involvement, inclusive of residents, Council, staff, outside agencies, and special interest groups. Rationale: The current Waterfront Management Plan was completed in 2005 and an update is required to reflect the changing needs of the community. The plan will incorporate contemporary ideas and trends as well as the current and future needs of a changing and dynamic demographic. References: This project is consistent with Section 18.104.22.168 of the Town of Ajax Official Plan which states that the Town of Ajax shall establish open space and parks with amenities that encourage physical activity, wellness, and informal use opportunities for a wide range of users. This project responds to the Recreation, Parks and Culture Master Plan Goal of assuming a leadership role in providing and facilitating recreation, parks, arts, and cultural services (Goal 2). Schedule: 2024 to 2025
Sherwood Rd E&W Bike Lane-Windsor to Rotherglen
Scope: Implementation of on-road bicycle infrastructure along existing roads to expand the bicycle network. Implementation includes pavement markings, wayfinding signage, regulatory signage and route identification signage. Rationale: The Integrated Transportation Master Plan (2019) proposes bicycle and shared use lanes to improve connectivity within the Town. Projects were reviewed and prioritized to improve network connectivity. Sherwood Rd (E&W) – Windsor Dr to Rotherglen Rd $14,100 Reference: Integrated Transportation Master Plan 2019; Ajax Official Plan (Section 4.1.11). Schedule: The project is anticipated to commence in spring 2027.
Waterfront Rain Garden – Construction
Scope: This project involves the construction of preferred solutions from the Master Plan Environmental Assessment (EA) for Stormwater Quality Retrofit Study and recommendations from Ajax Shoreline Improvement Strategy for the south end of Ajax. Rain Gardens will be constructed along Lake Driveway from Finley Avenue to Bartlett Drive to intercept, filter/infiltrate and transpire stormwater runoff. Rationale: To improve the quality of the stormwater being discharged to Lake Ontario, a reduction in stormwater runoff and improvements to water quality through filtration/infiltration systems is necessary. The project will result in a “Green Street” that will complement the waterfront park, while passive public education will include signage. The area will be designed to provide optimal plant growth, fertile soil, heat and salt olerant plant life which are resistant to invasive species. Reference: Town of Ajax Community Action Plan 2015 to 2018 – Strategic Objective: Leader in Environmental Sustainability, Item 3: Develop actions to improve water quality along the Ajax shoreline of Lake Ontario and the Duffins and Carruthers watershed; Townâ€™s Official Plan Sections 2.2.4 and 4.2.4. of improving the quality of stormwater discharged to Lake Ontario, our primary source for drinking water; Stormwater Quality Retrofit Study 2011; and Shoreline Improvement Strategy 2011. Schedule: Design and geotechnical was completed in 2019, with construction, contract administration and monitoring scheduled for 2023.
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- A timetable for the construction or completion of the project
- Justification for the project
- Explanation of expenses for the project
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