CARMACKS, YUKON — A village in the Yukon is receiving $16.55 million in federal-territorial funding for the construction of a new arena that will meet or exceed standards for energy efficiency in a Northern climate.
The new 2,500-square-metre facility in Carmacks will provide recreational opportunities for residents including a full indoor arena, community spaces and a link to the existing recreation centre. The facility will accommodate year-round multi-functional use, including hockey and skating, curling, concerts and community events, states an Infrastructure Canada release.
The Government of Canada is contributing $10.5 million to the project through the Small Communities Fund and the Government of Yukon is providing $6.05 million.
“Our youth will benefit greatly from having a year-round facility, and our not-so-young community members and elders will share in the benefits as well,” said Lee Bodie, mayor of the Village of Carmacks, in a statement.
“Sport is so important in a small community and keeping our youth motivated and healthy is paramount both to the Little Salmon Carmacks First Nation and the Village of Carmacks. It will open doors to sharing our good fortune with other communities by way of tournaments and bonspiels, thereby strengthening the local economy.”
Through the Investing in Canada infrastructure plan, the Government of Canada will invest more than $180 billion over 12 years in public transit projects, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, trade and transportation routes and Canada’s rural and northern communities.