St. JOSEPH, ONT.—The governments of Ontario and Canada have announced $19 million in joint funding for 35 community infrastructure projects across Ontario through the Community, Culture, and Recreation Stream of the Investing in Canada program.
The federal share of the latest spending announced on July 6 amounts to $19.1 million, the provincial share is $15.9 million and the municipalities are spending $13 million in their respective projects.
The spending will top up an allocation of $51.2 million on community projects for 129 communities across Ontario announced June 29 through the COVID-19 Resilience Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada program.
Among the projects announced is the Centennial Grounds Sports and Culture revitalization project in the Township of St. Joseph. The project involves the construction of a new screened room for cultural events, washroom and shower facilities, as well as shade structures. Work also involves the installation of new topsoil and grass for fields and corral areas and the expansion of a corral area for an additional soccer field.
In Tillsonburg, funding will support upgrades to the Tillsonburg Community Centre. The project includes replacing the pool area tile floors, improvements to the pool roof, lighting, health club and sauna. Work will also expand the pool’s change rooms, the installation of a new ramp entry into the pool and the construction of a new 3,600-square-foot outdoor splash pad.
The project in Hornepayne will see its community arena transformed into a community centre and hub. The scope of the project includes upgrading the existing hockey arena, curling club and youth space and expanding the community centre to add a seniors social space with a community kitchen, public library, fitness facility and a multiuse gym and meeting space.
Additional spending on other recreational infrastructure projects includes upgrades to community trail systems and parks, accessibility improvements to community centres, arenas, pools and sports fields, and upgrades to local theatres and other cultural facilities.