Sports centre allotted funding for retrofits
Across Northern Ontario, community and cultural centres, hockey rinks, swimming pools, and other community projects soon will begin repair and rehabilitation work thanks to support from the Harper government’s Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund (CIIF).
Tony Clement, the minister responsible for FedNor, yesterday announced a Fort Frances project that will benefit.
“Through the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund, our government continues to support communities across the country,” he added.
In Economic Action Plan 2012, the Harper government announced further support to help communities across the country modernize their infrastructure.
The plan identified $150 million over two years for the CIIF to support projects that look to improve existing community infrastructure, such as community centres,
recreational buildings, local arenas, cultural, and other community facilities.
The Town of Fort Frances will use $200,000 in CIIF funding for energy-saving retrofits to the Memorial Sports Centre, which will address the facility’s aging heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning system.
“The recreational facility is used extensively by residents in our community,” said Fort Frances Mayor Roy Avis.
“This investment, through the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund, will help extend the life of the centre, as well as decrease ongoing energy and maintenance costs,” he noted.
The CIIF supports, on a cost-shared basis, repairs and improvements to existing community infrastructure that is accessible for use by the public.
Recipients may receive contributions of up to $1 million, and must leverage a minimum of 50 percent of funding from other sources.
The federal government’s contribution to recipients is contingent on the successful execution of a contribution agreement.