Big Joint Funding For Building Of RBJ Schlegel Aquatic Centre in Kitchener

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KITCHENER: Across the country, Canadians are feeling the impact of COVID-19, on their families, their livelihoods, and their way of life.

Together, 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, the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Canada’s Minister of Infrastructure and Communities; Tim Louis, Member of Parliament for Kitchener—Conestoga; the Honourable Laurie Scott, Ontario’s Minister of Infrastructure; Mike Harris, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry and Member of Provincial Parliament for Kitchener—Conestoga; and His Worship Berry Vrbanovic, Mayor of the City of Kitchener announced joint funding to support the construction of the RBJ Schlegel Aquatic Centre in Kitchener.

The Government of Canada is investing more than $9.7 million in this project through the Community, Culture and Recreation Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada plan.

The Government of Ontario is providing more than $8.1 million, while the City of Kitchener is contributing more than $6.5 million toward this project. Project work for the aquatic centre will include the construction of an eight-lane, 25-metre long pool with a removable floor and ramp access, bleacher seating, community use multipurpose rooms, public washrooms, and food and beverage services.

Once complete, the new aquatic centre will provide greater access to recreational facilities and services for members of the Kitchener community to lead healthy, active lifestyles. 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.

• Through the Investing in Canada plan, the federal government is investing more than $180 billion over 12 years in public transit projects, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, trade and transportation routes, and Canada’s rural and northern communities.

• Across Ontario, the Government of Canada has invested more than $9.8 billion in over 3,150 infrastructure projects.

• Over the next 10 years, the Government of Ontario is investing approximately $320 million across the province, and the federal government is investing approximately $407 million under the Community, Culture and Recreation Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program. This stream supports the construction of new facilities and upgrades to existing facilities that improve community infrastructure (e.g. community centres, libraries), recreational venues (e.g. arenas, recreational spaces) and cultural spaces (e.g. theatres, museums).

• Ontario is investing over $10.2 billion under the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program to improve public transit; community, culture and recreation; green, and rural and northern community and other priority infrastructure.

Catherine McKenna said: “Access to modern, sustainable recreational facilities is an important part of communities where people want to live, work and raise their families. The federal government is investing almost $10 million to build a new, accessible RBJ Schlegel Aquatic Centre that can be enjoyed by Kitchener residents for years to come. As a swimmer and lover of aquatic sports, I’m excited to see this project get underway. Canada’s infrastructure plan invests in thousands of projects, creates jobs across the country, and builds cleaner, more inclusive communities.”

Tim Louis, Member of Parliament for Kitchener—Conestoga, on behalf of the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Federal Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, said:“Now more than ever, staying active and healthy is an essential part of our mental and physical wellness. With the construction of the new RBJ Schlegel Aquatic Centre, Kitchener residents will have a new facility to swim, play sports, and socialize for many years to come.” 

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