KENORA – “Our government is committed to helping make our communities better places to live, work, play and visit. This investment, through FedNor, will provide Minaki residents with an upgraded facility for their community events. The new roof was made in part from recycled materials and the playground equipment will be sourced from a manufacturer recognized for its use of clean technology processes. This is a fitting way to leave a lasting legacy for area residents and to mark Canada’s 150th anniversary,” says Bob Nault, Member of Parliament for Kenora.
Families in the unincorporated area of Minaki will benefit from an improved venue for recreational and social activities as a result of a $52,500 investment from the Government of Canada.
The funding was announced today by the Honourable Bob Nault, Member of Parliament for Kenora, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for FedNor.
This contribution has already been be used to replace the roof on the Minaki Community Recreation Centre which serves as a gathering place and activity centre for Indigenous and non-Indigenous area residents. In addition, the funding has assisted with the purchase of outdoor playground equipment to provide children with a safe and fun place to play.
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 community spaces that bring Canadians together. Of that amount, $10.4 million is being invested across Northern Ontario.
“This investment is a community-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,” says Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, and Minister responsible for FedNor.
“Minaki is a growing community. The funding announced today will improve the lifespan of our community recreation centre which is heavily used by area residents. Not only are we addressing the issue of an aging roof, we are expanding recreational opportunities for children through the addition of new playground equipment, ensuring people of all ages may continue to enjoy our recreation facilities,” states Ben Barber, Secretary/Treasurer, Minaki Local Services Board.
- In addition to today’s announcement, the Kenora region has received a total of $1,533,954 for 26 projects under the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program.