Ontario Investing Over $16 Million in a New Recreation Centre for the Township of WellesleyPublished on June 17, 2021
Province supports a nearly $22 million infrastructure project
June 17, 2021
WELLESLEY – The Ontario government is investing over $16 million to support the construction of a nearly $22 million recreation centre for the Township of Wellesley. The new centre will provide the community with recreational programming in a modern facility with a lower carbon footprint.
“The Government of Ontario is stepping up to support the Township of Wellesley with a $16 million investment for a brand-new recreation centre that will be enjoyed by all members of the community,” said Kitchener-Conestoga MPP Mike Harris. “For two years, I have worked closely with Mayor Nowak and the Township to move this forward and I am thrilled that shovels will be getting in the ground soon to bring this arena across the finish line.”
“In the face of COVID-19, the Ontario government continues to move forward with infrastructure projects to strengthen communities and create jobs,” said the Honourable Laurie Scott, Minister of Infrastructure. “Supporting meaningful projects like this one in the Township of Wellesley will make a positive difference to the families who live in the community, while also protecting their health and well-being today, and for many years to come.”
“This larger, safer, contemporary complex will become a hub where residents can meet, compete and where our communities will come together for health and comradeship. In addition, we will be in a better position to attract “sports tourism” by hosting tournaments and drawing people from across Ontario and beyond. I have no doubt that this facility will become a source of pride for all Wellesley Township residents. This funding announcement today will allow us to build a first-class recreation complex. It will significantly ease the fundraising burden on our residents without putting a major strain on our taxpayer. The economic benefits to Wellesley Township are enormous and cannot be understated,” said Township of Wellesley Mayor Joe Nowak.
This new facility will include an ice pad, space for both senior and youth centres, a walking track, gymnasium, and two soccer pitches. Construction is anticipated to begin in March 2022 with the recreation centre set to open in Fall 2023.
“The Wellesley Township Recreation Centre Advisory Committee, on behalf of our user groups and community partners, is thrilled with the funding announcement by the Province. The new recreation centre will create incredible opportunities for our user groups. It will allow them to better fulfil their roles and thereby improve the quality of life for the residents of Wellesley Township. We are very thankful of the efforts the Township has put into this project over the past 2 years and are incredibly pleased the Province has partnered in this project for the betterment of our community”, said Chris Martin, Chair of the Wellesley Township Recreation Centre Advisory Committee.
Healthy people are essential for a healthy economy. With vaccines being distributed, hope is on the horizon. Ontario’s Action Plan: Protecting People’s Health and Our Economy provides the resources necessary to finish the battle with COVID-19, building on the government's record investments to protect health and jobs during the global pandemic.
- In total, the construction of a recreation centre for the Township of Wellesley will cost approximately $22 million.
- Over the next decade, we are investing over $145 billion in Ontario’s infrastructure, including strategic investments in transit and highways, schools and hospitals.
- Ontario is investing over $10.2 billion under the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP) to support public transit; community, culture and recreation; green; rural and northern and other priority infrastructure projects.
- 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 ICIP. 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).
- Ontario’s Action Plan: Protecting People’s Health and Our Economybrings total investments to $16.3 billion to protect people’s health and $23.3 billion to protect our economy. Ontario’s COVID-19 action plan support now totals $51 billion.