Investing over $44M in Improved Culture, Recreation Infrastructure with 15 Communities in Ontario

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Joint federal, provincial, and recipient funding through the Investing in Canada plan will support 20 infrastructure projects in 15 Ontario communities.

Ottawa – The Government of Canada is investing more than $15.3 million toward these projects, with the Government of Ontario contributing over $12.8 million through the Community, Culture and Recreation Infrastructure Stream (CCRIS), and the Green Infrastructure Stream (GIS) of the Investing in Canada plan. The recipients are responsible for the remainder of funding, with contributions of more than $16 million combined toward their respective projects.

Project Information:


Project Title and Funding Stream

Project Details

Federal Funding

Provincial Funding

Recipient/ Other Funding

The City of Cornwall

A safe and functional community Hub – CCRIS

Building improvements include installing a new electrical panel, creating a new septic system for the north side of the building, repairing the brick work, replacing the handicap entry ramp, improving ventilation, and replacing the water tank.

These renovations will improve the overall condition of the centre, and create a more welcoming, safe and comfortable environment for clients, most of whom are elderly, staff, and the not-for-profit organizations that use the facility.




County of Haliburton

Upgrading of the Haliburton County Rail Trail Corridor – CCRIS

The project work includes improving 30 kilometers of trail with granular overlay; installing 15 benches, 500 meters of barrier, and informational signage to highlight trail history, the natural environment, and trail accessibility. This project will provide an improved recreational experience for users, while reducing annual maintenance costs.




The Municipality of Clarington

Eiram Stormwater Management Pond Retrofit and Rehabilitation – GIS

The project will construct a forebay to the stormwater pond, restore the storm sewer inlet and outlet control structure, replace the stone jacket around the detention control device, remove accumulated sediment and improve road access to the pond.

The upgrades will restore the functionality of the pond, improve stormwater management and treatment, and reduce the potential for structural failure that could lead to downstream flooding.




The Municipality of Trent Hills

Construction of the Campbellford Recreation and Wellness Centre – CCRIS

Funding will support the construction of a new multipurpose recreation facility. Work includes building an NHL-sized rink, a lane pool, therapy pool, a fitness room, and multipurpose room. This will provide residents, and surrounding communities, with improved access to modern recreational facilities.




The Municipality of Trent Hills

Replacement of the Hastings Treated Water Standpipe – GIS

The project will replace a standpipe along with 875 metres of watermain to connect the new standpipe to the distribution system. The replacement will improve water pressure, support better fire protection and ensure a safe, secure and reliable water supply.




The Town of Georgina

Completing the Renovations to the Barn Area at Clearwater Farm – CCRIS

The project will rehabilitate a barn, construct a new play space, install additional utilities and lighting, improve accessibility (elevator, washrooms, pathways), and expand the parking lot. These improvements will create a recreational and cultural community hub which residents and visitors can access year-round.




Township of Brock

Sunderland Memorial Arena & Community Centre Renovation and Expansion Project – CCRIS

The project will expand the Centre to include six new dressing rooms, a community room, and storage for the ice resurfacer. Other improvements include expanding the ice surface, updating the refrigeration system, reconfiguring spectator seating and renovating the lobby, auditorium and existing dressing rooms. The upgrades will improve the Centre’s accessibility and allow residents to stay fit and healthy for years to come.




Township of Cavan-Monaghan

Rehabilitation of the historically designated Old Millbrook School – CCRIS

Project work will include replacing the roof and windows with energy efficient alternatives; repairing damaged walls, floors, and doors; installing a new ventilation and air-exchanger system; and installing battery-operated accessible doors. These improvements will provide year-round access to indoor space for various social groups and services, while improving access to quality community, cultural and recreational infrastructure.




Township of Cavan-Monaghan

Renovation of the Millbrook Arena to a multipurpose community hub – CCRIS

Project work consists of the rehabilitation of existing steel girders, beams, walls and floors; converting the concession stand into accessible washrooms; and replacing the existing roof with an energy efficient alternative. An air ventilation system will also be installed to improve air quality. Once complete this facility will provide a space for year-round sports programming and community social activities.




Township of Cavan-Monaghan

Revisioning the Bruce Johnston Branch as a Community Hub — CCRIS

This project will renovate the existing library to create a more accessible, functional, and energy efficient space. Work includes changing windows and doors, re-wiring the electrical system, relocating the public computer area and staff spaces, and renovating staff work zones to be more ergonomic, accessible, and functional. These renovations will provide a larger, more flexible space for clients and staff, improving the library experience and working environment.




Township of Enniskillen

Replacement of Krall Park Washroom and Pavilion – CCRIS

The project will replace the washrooms and pavilion, install backstop netting and cement pads in dug outs, and construct a new septic system and an accessible walkway from the parking lot to pavilion. The upgrades will improve access to and the quality of community and recreational infrastructure.




Township of Minden Hills

Kinark Outdoor Centre Rehabilitation – CCRIS

Project scope includes constructing an additional respite dorm; and improving the safety and accessibility of indoor and outdoor spaces like trails, waterfront areas, and classrooms. Other improvements will extend the service life of the dining hall and laundry facilities and provide winterization and accessibility to sleeping cabins. The project will increase the seasonal capacity of the facility and provide greater access to preventative respite for children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder.




Township of Minden Hills

Rehabilitation of Minden Hills Community Facilities for Accessibility – CCRIS

Project work will improve four facilities:

The Minden Library/Cultural Centre: upgrade the condition of retaining walls, stairs, ramps, the sidewalk and platforms around the Library and Cultural building; replacing guardrails and handrails.

The Lochlin Community Centre and Irondale Community Centre: upgrade accessibility by replacing the ramp and installing an automatic door operator.

Minden Curling Club Building: installing an elevator and air lock at the front of the building.

These improvements will provide the associated communities with safer and more accessible entrances to community spaces, meeting current Ontario Building Code standards, while extending the life of these facilities.




Township of North Dundas

Development of Hallville Community Park – CCRIS

The project will develop vacant municipal land into a multi-purpose park. Work will include drainage and elevation of low-lying areas, electrification, and drilling of a well. In addition, accessible swings and picnic tables, lighted bike and pedestrian paths will be installed along with a parking lot, baseball diamond, soccer field and an outdoor rink with washrooms. The adjacent roadway will also be widened with delineators placed to encourage active transportation, and trees planted throughout the park. The new park will provide residents with an accessible and modern community and recreational space to enjoy for years to come.




Township of North Glengarry

Refurbishment of the Glengarry Sports Palace – CCRIS

The refurbishment of the Glengarry Sports Palace includes the replacement of a concrete arena slab, rink boards and glass, windows and doors, lighting and a boiler while the spectator seating area and ventilation, plumbing, and electrical systems will also be improved. Other updates involve fire safety upgrades and the addition of a gender inclusive bathroom and players’ rooms. The refurbishment will create a safer and more accessible place for players and spectators and provide residents with a modern sports centre where residents can stay fit and healthy for years to come.




Township of Scugog

Accessibility and Renovation Improvements to the Historical Town Hall 1873 Building – CCRIS

The project will renovate the ground floor ancillary space by installing a new freight and passenger elevator, upgrading the kitchen, improving the sound system, redesigning and addressing safety issues in the green room washroom and change facilities, and refurbishing the historic bell tower. These renovations will create more artistic and cultural opportunities, and improve the building’s accessibility, allowing more residents to enjoy the theatre.




Township of South Glengarry

Char-Lan Recreation Centre Ice Pad Replacement – CCRIS

The project will replace the refrigerated concrete ice pad along with the dasher boards, glass and netting. The project will improve the safety and accessibility of the arena and provide residents with continued access to recreational activities for years to come.




Township of South Stormont

Community Parks – Pavilion Projects – CCRIS

The project will construct four 20 by 40 feet pavilions in four community parks. The accessible pavilions will provide visitors with shade and protection from inclement weather.




Township of South Stormont

Play Structure Upgrades – CCRIS

The project will install an accessible play structure and surface and remove existing structures and pea stone surfaces. The improvements will allow more residents to access recreational infrastructure.




United Townships of Dysart, Dudley, Harcourt, Guilford, Harburn, Bruton, Havelock, Eyre and Clyde

Rotary Beach Park Rehabilitation – CCRIS

Project work will improve overall park infrastructure, which includes repairing the surface of tennis, basketball, and pickle ball courts; improving the accessibility of pathways, docks, courts, and picnic areas; and rehabilitating the exterior of the storage building. Further improvements include installing a play structure, a rain garden, a bike rack, and creating an off-leash dog park. A tree study will also take place to ensure adequate management of shade, soil water retention, and erosion control. A wi-fi network will also be established.

These improvements will provide an accessible, modern, and safe recreation area for residents and visitors, while supporting various community, cultural and sporting events.