Elora—Across the country, Canadians are feeling the impact of COVID-19, on their families, their livelihoods and their way of life. Together, the governments of Canada and Ontario are working to reduce the impact of the pandemic, ensure health and safety, rebuild businesses, and promote job creation, growth and investment.
Today, Lloyd Longfield, Member of Parliament for Guelph, on behalf of the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Canada’s Minister of Infrastructure and Communities; Stephen Crawford, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Infrastructure and Member of Provincial Parliament for Oakville, on behalf of the Honourable Laurie Scott, Ontario’s Minister of Infrastructure; His Worship Kelly Linton, Mayor of the Township of Centre Wellington; Jaya James, Executive Director of HOPE House; and Peter Sweeney, Chief Executive Officer of the YMCA of Three Rivers, announced joint funding for three community and culture infrastructure projects in Elora and Guelph.
The Government of Canada is investing more than $3.4 million toward these projects, with the Government of Ontario providing over $2.8 million through the Community, Culture and Recreation Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada Plan. The Township of Centre Wellington is contributing over $1.3 million, the YMCA of Three Rivers is investing over $790,000 million, and HOPE House is contributing over $146,000 towards their respective projects.
The first projects announced today will support the renovation and expansion of the Elora Community Centre. The project includes the replacement of the arena floor, board, and glass, in addition to the refrigeration system, and upgrades to the front entrance, dressing rooms, viewing areas, washrooms, doorways and corridors to improve accessibility. The scope of work also includes the installation of an emergency generator, solar panels, and the construction of a new mechanical and ice resurfacer room. This project will improve accessibility to recreational infrastructure and activities and will increase the centre’s services to youth and seniors.
Funding will also support the renovation and expansion of the YMCA of Three Rivers in Guelph. The project involves a three-storey addition to the YMCA which will add a footprint of 2,000 square feet to the facility, resulting in 6,000 square feet of new space. Additional renovations include the installation of fully accessible private changing stalls and relocating the customer service desk. This work will allow the YMCA of Three Rivers to provide more accessible recreational space and activities for those with disabilities and families with young children.
Finally, the rehabilitation of the 100-year-old church building and the addition of a three-storey community centre will allow HOPE House to improve and expand its important services for residents in Guelph. The scope of the work includes masonry upgrades and the rehabilitation of the building’s flat roof. HOPE House supports residents by providing food, groceries, clothing, and numerous community projects to thousands of households. This project will allow them to expand their services and support the most vulnerable in the city.
All orders of government continue to work together for the people of Ontario to make strategic infrastructure investments in communities across the province when they are needed most.
“Investing in community, culture, and recreational infrastructure is essential to creating healthy and inclusive communities. Today’s investments will allow residents in Elora and Guelph to have continued and improved access to essential recreational facilities and community services. Canada’s infrastructure plan invests in thousands of projects, creates jobs across the country, and builds cleaner, more inclusive communities.” – Lloyd Longfield, MP for Guelph, on behalf of Catherine McKenna, Federal Minister of Infrastructure and Communities