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Federal government invests in Winkler retrofit

DCN-JOC News Services
Federal government invests in Winkler retrofit

WINKLER, MAN. – The government of Canada is investing more than $7.9 million in federal funding for renovation of Centennial Arena, in Winkler, Man.

The funding, through the Green and Inclusive Community Buildings Program, will renovate the arena to provide visitors with a fully accessible and functional regional sports and recreation facility with sustainable upgrades including connection to the consolidated twin pad system, inclusive washrooms and lobby areas, modern inclusive change facilities, new concessions and food services, multi-use spaces, sledge hockey dasher boards and benches. 

“Our government is supporting infrastructure projects that make our communities stronger and more resilient. With this funding, residents of Winkler will have access to a modern and accessible sports and recreation facility they can enjoy well into the future,” federal Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities Dominic LeBlanc said.

“The timing of this project is ideal, with the recent completion of the Meridian Exhibition Centre. It allows the City of Winkler to further develop the long term ‘Community Places’ using existing investments that started over 56 years ago and bringing those facilities to today’s standards,” City of Winkler Mayor Martin Harder said.

Applicants with large retrofit projects to existing community buildings or new community building projects with total eligible costs ranging from $3 million to $25 million were accepted to the Green and Inclusive Community Buildings program through a competitive intake process which closed on July 6, 2021. A second intake is anticipated later in 2022.

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