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Governments fund sports centre upgrades ahead of 2023 Canada Winter Games

Governments fund sports centre upgrades ahead of 2023 Canada Winter Games

POWNAL, P.E.I. — Prince Edward Island is getting funding from the federal and provincial governments to upgrade the Pownal Sports Centre as the province prepares to host the 2023 Canada Winter Games.

The upgrades involve adding two new dressing rooms, a new referee room, expanding the main foyer washrooms to make them fully accessible, new electrical heaters, as well as replacing rink dasher boards, kick plates and flooring in the lobby.

The Government of Canada is investing $120,000 in the project through the Community, Culture and Recreation Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada infrastructure plan. The Government of Prince Edward Island is providing over $144,000 and Pownal Sports Centre Inc. is contributing more than $80,000.

“Investing in modern and accessible recreation infrastructure is essential to building healthy, inclusive, and resilient communities,” said Lawrence MacAulay, minister of veterans affairs and MP for Cardigan, in a statement.

“The Pownal Sports Centre upgrades will provide a high-quality experience for athletes and visitors of the 2023 Canada Winter Games and offer a place for Islanders to gather and stay active for years to come. Projects like this also provide jobs and economic development as we recover from the effects of the pandemic.”

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