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Halifax Ronald McDonald House embarks on green upgrades thanks to federal funding

Halifax Ronald McDonald House embarks on green upgrades thanks to federal funding

HALIFAX — The new Ronald McDonald House in Halifax has added green and accessibility components to their building plan thanks to an investment of $2.95 million from the federal government.

With the funding, the building, which broke ground in 2022 and is still under construction, will add geothermal and solar systems with the goal of becoming the first net-zero carbon Ronald McDonald House. It will also seek accessibility certification through the Rick Hansen Foundation, a national rating system that measures and certifies the level of meaningful access of buildings and sites.

The new building will replace the current Ronald McDonald House at 1133 Tower Rd., increasing the number of families with sick children that can be supported annually from 600 to 1,200, indicates a release.

Ronald McDonald House welcomes all families with a sick child who must travel to Halifax to receive care. Currently, families travelling further than 40 kilometres from the IWK Health Centre are eligible to stay at the facility.

The expansion will also increase the number of support programs offered to families during their stay including meals and family programming, as well as provide more support for equity-deserving groups, adds the release.

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