Canada, Ontario invest in Improved Community, Cultural and Recreational Facilities in First Nation Communities in Ontario
Tim Brody - Editor
Joint funding from the governments of Canada and Ontario was announced on April 14 for projects that will improve community, cultural and recreational facilities in five First Nation communities in Ontario.
These projects include upgrades to community beaches in Bearskin Lake First Nation; the creation of a new ice plant and the rehabilitation of a multipurpose room for Kingfisher Lake First Nation; and the construction of a housing facility to support residents though quality social and community services in Pikangikum First Nation.
Other funding recipients include Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation for improvements and upgrades to the Native Horizons Treatment Centre and renovations to the historical library building at Beausoleil First Nation.
The Government of Canada is investing over $7.1 million towards these projects through the Community, Culture and Recreation Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada plan. The Government of Ontario is providing over $1.7 million and recipients are contributing over $1.2 million to their respective projects.
“Community spaces and recreational centres are at the heart of places where people want to live and raise their families. In partnership with First Nation communities across Ontario, we are investing to upgrade community buildings and cultural centres that residents can enjoy for years to come. Canada’s infrastructure plan invests in thousands of projects, creates jobs across the country, and builds cleaner, more inclusive communities,” stated Minister of Infrastructure and Communities Catherine McKenna.
“Ontario is investing in these Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program projects to protect the health and the economy of everyone in these First Nation communities. These investments will ensure these facilities are upgraded to meet the needs of each community for many years to come,” added Ontario’s Minister of Infrastructure