Toronto families will benefit from improved community spaces for a better quality of life
$7.9 million from the Government of Canada will support 24 projects
July 28, 2017—Etobicoke, ON—Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario—(FedDev Ontario)
Toronto families will benefit from safer places for their children to play and improved places to socialize and exercise as a result of more than $7.9 million from the Government of Canada.
The funding was announced today by the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario).
The funding will support 24 projects, including upgrades to parks, playgrounds, fitness trails, community centres and cultural facilities.
This investment is being allocated under the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program, a $300-million fund that was established to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday through investments in the community spaces that bring Canadians together. Of that amount, up to $88.8 million is being invested across southern Ontario.
“This investment is a nation-building project to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary. And there’s no better way to mark this milestone than to celebrate the places that bring us together – the places that allow us to stay fit, unwind and connect with our friends and neighbours. That’s how we establish the bonds of common understanding and friendship in a country where people come from every corner of the world. The values of openness, diversity and inclusion that define all Canadians are forged in our community spaces.”
- The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for FedDev Ontario
“Thanks to our Government’s investment into the Etobicoke Olympium, our communities’ children and youth will not only continue to have a facility in which to train, but will continue to produce champions. I am proud of our Government’s Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program investments both here in Etobicoke and across southern Ontario; we’re building stronger communities.”
- Borys Wrzesnewskyj, Member of Parliament for Etobicoke Centre
"On behalf of the City of Toronto and its residents, I thank our partners at the federal government for providing this funding for 11 City-operated projects which in combination with City funds will accelerate the improvement of parks, paths and facilities across Toronto. This is another example of how cooperation between governments helps build up our city."
- John Tory, Mayor of Toronto
In addition to today’s announcement, Toronto has received a total of $6 million for 26 projects under the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program.
Karl W. Sasseville
Office of the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development
Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada
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