SCARBOROUGH: Joint funding for upgrades to the Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Toronto was announced this week by Shaun Chen, Member of Parliament for Scarborough North, on behalf of Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities; the Raymond Cho, Ontario’s Minister for Seniors and Accessibility and Member of Provincial Parliament for Scarborough North, on behalf of the Laurie Scott, Ontario’s Minister of Infrastructure; and Alan Lam, Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Toronto.
The Government of Canada is investing more than $2.8 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 $2.3 million, while the Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Toronto is contributing more than $1.8 million. The project includes increasing the existing service space and expanding accessibility to the Centre’s outdoor and indoor program and activity areas.
Additional work includes expanding and remodeling the open yard into a new outdoor garden and an indoor multipurpose space, upgrading the audio-visual, sound, and lighting systems in the front foyer, remodelling the current library space into a multipurpose resource centre, and improving the 626-seat theatre and multipurpose hall with new audio-visual and lighting systems.
This new complex will provide the Chinese community in Greater Toronto with a modern, reliable, and more accessible community centre where people can connect and enjoy the cultural and recreational programs they value for years to come.
• Across the province and over the next 10 years, Ontario is investing approximately $320 million and Canada 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 (community centres, libraries), recreational venues (arenas, recreational spaces) and cultural spaces (theatres, museums).
Shaun Chen said: “Ensuring residents have access to cultural and recreational infrastructure is important for social inclusion and wellbeing. Today’s investment to expand and upgrade the Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Toronto will provide our diverse communities access to a modern and reliable facility where they can enjoy more recreational activities and community events for decades to come.”
Raymond Cho said: “The Chinese Cultural Centre is a cornerstone of our community. The programs and services that the Chinese Cultural Centre offers help people of all ages in Scarborough and across the Greater Toronto Area. Organizations like the Chinese Cultural Centre demonstrate that the strength of our province is found in our cultural diversity, including our vibrant Chinese-Ontarian community.”
Alan Lam added: “The Chinese Cultural Centre (CCC) of Greater Toronto continues to appreciate the unwavering support from the Federal and Provincial governments with this generous funding. Nw we will be able to finally realize the dream of an Asian Garden. This Garden will be as functional as symbolic, highlighting plant biodiversity, creating pathways for meditation, and serve as an educational opportunity in a natural setting. Most notably, it can serve as a representation of the continued symbiosis of Chinese Canadians in this country for generations to come.”