VANCOUVER — B.C. officials have announced they will contribute $25 million towards redeveloping the Jewish Community Centre of Greater Vancouver.
“The Jewish Community Centre has been a hub for so many families in the Lower Mainland,” said Melanie Mark, minister of tourism, arts, culture and sport, in a release. “Revitalizing this facility will help us remember the past, make life more affordable for families today, and ensure the centre continues to be a place of connection and belonging for generations to come.”
The facility was built more than 60 years ago. It has begun to show its age and is currently at capacity for services. The centre has planned a multi-phased redevelopment.
The first phase of the proposed project includes a new 18,581-square-metre community centre with arts, culture and recreational facilities. The improved facility will have a theatre, art gallery, performing arts school and the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre. It will also create up to 200 new child care spaces and offer seniors care.
“A key part of this initiative is building more affordable housing,” said David Eby, attorney general and minister responsible for housing. “I applaud the Jewish Community Centre for taking on this ambitious project that will improve so many people’s quality of life. I hope today’s provincial announcement encourages other levels of government to join in this exciting project.”
This investment adds to the $400,000 the B.C. government provided the centre in 2018 and 2019 for initial planning and development.