OTTAWA—Ground was recently broken for the construction of a new clubhouse for the BGC Ottawa, formerly the Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa, which will increase building capacity and allow more space for social distancing and other COVID-19 precautions.
The project, which will serve one of Ottawa’s most at-risk communities, Ottawa South, will include isolation rooms with direct access to outdoor space, eight single stall gender inclusive bathrooms, additional hand washing stations, built-in separation for large spaces like the gym, multiple entrance and exit points and two separate kitchens for cohort and community use, indicates a release. The new construction will result in energy efficiencies and cost savings as well as better, high-quality air exchange.
The Government of Canada is investing $4 million in this project through the COVID-19 Resilience Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure plan and the Government of Ontario is providing $1 million.
“Federal funding for the construction of a new clubhouse for the BGC Ottawa will provide young people in one of our city’s most at-risk communities with a new space that is five times the size of the current clubhouse, providing more opportunities to physically distance and safely enjoy activities like basketball, cooking and after school homework help,” said Catherine McKenna, federal minister of infrastructure and communities, in a statement.