PICKERING, ONT. — The federal government has announced $17 million in federal funding for two green community infrastructure projects in Pickering, Ont.
The funding will support the construction of the new 44,000-square-foot, net-zero-ready Pickering Heritage and Community Centre that will include a community theatre and a museum. The facility will host new and improved recreation and leisure programming for the community as well as library services.
Additional funding will support green retrofits to the Redman House Program Centre. The work will include energy efficiency upgrades to both mechanical and electrical components of the existing facility as well as accessibility improvements that include the replacement of the ramp and renovations to the washrooms.
Infrastructure Canada is providing $12.5 million through the Green and Inclusive Community Buildings (GICB) program for the construction of the Pickering Heritage and Community Centre and an additional $517,000 through GICB for the Redman House Program Centre Green Retrofit project.
Canadian Heritage has already approved $4 million through the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund for the Pickering Heritage and Community Centre.
Funding for the Pickering Heritage and Community Centre project is conditional upon meeting Indigenous consultations obligations.
“This funding will help support exciting and meaningful projects that will bring our community together, while showcasing Pickering’s historic roots in a sustainable and eco-friendly manner,” stated Mayor Dave Ryan in a Sept. 2 release.