MP O’Toole Announces Funding for Blackstock Community Centre


MP Erin O’Toole celebrates Local Benefits of the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund in Ontario

Blackstock, Ontario – Across the country, community centres, cultural centres, ice rinks, swimming pools, and other community projects will soon be improved thanks to support from the Government of Canada’s Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund (CIIF).
As part of the Government’s Economic Action Plan, Erin O’Toole, Member of Parliament for Durham, today announced $129,402 in federal funding for improvements to the Blackstock Community Centre.
Through the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund, the Government of Canada has committed to supporting communities and creating jobs through repairs and improvements to existing community facilities over the next two years.
The Fund will benefit many types of community infrastructure, including community centres, cultural centres, parks, libraries, recreational facilities, tourism facilities, and other existing community infrastructure assets that have a local community impact.

The Blackstock Community Centre will undertake renovations to the kitchen and bar area, the public washrooms, upgrades to the HVAC system, new energy efficient lighting, new audio-visual services, an addition of a new emergency generator and will incorporate new accessibility features so that residents can enjoy barrier-free access.

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“Our Government is committed to creating jobs, growth and long-term prosperity for Canadians through investments in our communities,” said MP Erin O’Toole. “The Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund will assist in updating this iconic community centre so that it can continue to act as a local sporting and cultural hub for not only Blackstock, but residents across Durham.”
-Erin O’Toole, Member of Parliament for Durham

Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund Backgrounder
The national Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund provides $150 million over two years for repairs and improvements to existing public community infrastructure. The Fund is being delivered by regional development agencies across Canada. The Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario) is delivering the Fund in Ontario with an allocation of up to $49.6 million over two years. FedDev Ontario is responsible for administering the program, drawing on its expertise in the delivery of infrastructure programs.

Organizations that are receiving funding include the following:
• local or regional governments or related agencies;
• provincial entities that provide municipal-type services to communities;
• First Nations governments, including band or tribal councils or their legally designated representatives; and
• not-for-profit organizations.

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For More Information:

Sheryl Greenham
Office of Erin O’Toole
Member of Parliament (Durham)
Office 905 697 1699
Email erin.otoole.c1@parl.gc.ca



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