Governments Of Canada And Ontario Act To Renew Recreational Facilities In Ontario



    MISSISSAUGA, ON, May 11 /CNW/ - Local hockey rinks, swimming pools and
other recreational community sites throughout Ontario will be eligible to
receive funding for upgrades and repairs thanks to the new Recreational
Infrastructure Canada (RInC) program in Ontario and the Ontario Recreation
program (Ontario REC).
    Tony Clement, Minister of Industry, and George Smitherman, Ontario's
Deputy Premier and Minister of Energy and Infrastructure, announced today that
the programs in Ontario are open for business.
    "Investing in recreation facilities ensures that families and future
generations will continue to come together and enjoy local playing fields,
arenas and pools for decades to come," said Minister Clement. "It will also
help create local construction jobs and encourage economic activity right
away."
    "Recreational infrastructure is a key building block for better, stronger
communities," said Minister Smitherman. "Not only are we helping to stimulate
the economy by creating local jobs, we're also building happier, healthier and
stronger communities across Ontario."
    Municipalities, First Nations governments, counties, community
organizations and other not-for-profit entities that have eligible projects
that can be completed before March 31, 2011, are invited to submit their
applications.
    In addition to $33 billion the Government of Canada has already committed
to infrastructure, Canada's Economic Action Plan provides almost $12 billion
in new stimulus funding over the next two years. This includes $500 million
for the Recreational Infrastructure Canada program to support upgrading and
renewal of recreational facilities in communities across Canada. The
allocation for Ontario for this construction season is $68 million. Funding
over the next two years will be allocated based on applications submitted from
Ontario communities. Ontario's 2009 provincial budget - Confronting the
Challenge: Building Our Economic Future - provided $32.5 billion in
infrastructure investments over the next two years, including $195 million for
recreation infrastructure projects.
    The governments of Canada and Ontario can each fund up to one third of a
project's total eligible cost up to a maximum of $1 million each per project,
with recipients providing the remaining balance.
    To maximize the number of recipients able to take advantage of the 2009
construction season, projects submitted before 5:00 p.m. EST on May 29, 2009,
will be reviewed immediately with approved projects to be announced in June
2009. Projects will be selected on the basis of merit and construction
readiness.
    Projects that come in after May 29, 2009, will be assessed and those
approved will be announced in a timely fashion on an ongoing basis.
    For details on project eligibility and details on how to submit an
application, please refer to the program backgrounders and website at
www.rinc-on.ca.

    
    LEARN MORE

    Get more information about these two programs
    (http://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/708.nsf/eng/home).

    Learn how the Government of Canada is investing in infrastructure
    (http://www.actionplan.gc.ca/eng/index.asp).

    Learn how the Government of Ontario is helping to build and revitalize
    infrastructure (http://www.mei.gov.on.ca/english/infrastructure/) across
    the province.


    BACKGROUNDER
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         $195 Million for Ontario Recreation Infrastructure Projects
     Part of Ontario's $32.5 Billion Investment to Stimulate the Economy
    

    Through Ontario's 2009 provincial budget - Confronting the Challenge:
Building Our Economic Future - the Ontario government is investing $32.5
billion over the next two years to stimulate the province's economy. This
includes $5 billion from the federal government.
    This unprecedented, timely and targeted investment in infrastructure
spending will create and sustain an estimated 146,000 jobs in 2009-10 and
168,000 jobs in 2010-11 across Ontario. It includes $195 million in funding
for recreation infrastructure projects over the next two years.
    Modern infrastructure creates jobs today and also builds jobs and
opportunity for tomorrow. The governments of Ontario and Canada, through
Ontario Recreation (Ontario REC) and the federal Recreation Infrastructure
Canada program in Ontario (RInC), are supporting Ontario communities and
creating jobs through incremental upgrades to existing recreation facilities
over the next two years.

    
    Core Infrastructure Program:
    ----------------------------

    Ontario currently has over 30 major infrastructure projects underway, each
worth more than $100 million, which will significantly improve local hospital,
justice, highway and transit services. They include

    -   North Bay Regional Health Centre
    -   Expansion of Highway 11 to North Bay to four lanes - final section
    -   London Health Sciences Centre and St. Joseph's Health Centre -
        Phase 2
    -   Rail grade separation in west Toronto to improve service on GO
        Transit's Georgetown line
    -   Durham Consolidated Courthouse in Oshawa
    -   The Ottawa Hospital Regional Cancer Program (The Ottawa
        Hospital/Queensway Carleton Hospital)
    -   Kingston General Hospital and Cancer Centre for Southeastern Ontario
    -   Safety initiatives on Highways 11 and 17 near North Bay and in
        northwestern Ontario
    -   Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre Bayview M-Wing
    -   A new third track in GO Transit's Lakeshore West rail corridor to
        improve train service in GO's busiest corridor
    -   Widening of the Queen Elizabeth Way (QEW) through St. Catharines
    -   Sioux Lookout Meno Ya Win Health Centre
    -   Widening of sections of Highway 401 near Woodstock
    -   Roy McMurtry Youth Centre in Brampton
    -   Expansion of Highway 69 to Sudbury to four lanes
    -   Redevelopment of the Windsor Regional Hospital.

    Stimulus Fund: Recreation Program Eligibility
    ---------------------------------------------

    The governments of Canada and Ontario will each fund up to one third of a
projects total eligible cost, up to a maximum of $1 million each per project,
with recipients providing the remaining balance.

    Eligible applicants
    -   A Local or regional government established under provincial statute
    -   A public sector body that is wholly owned by an eligible recipient
        listed above
    -   A non-profit organization such as Boys and Girls clubs in Ontario
    -   A provincial or territorial entity that provides municipal-type
        services to communities, as defined by provincial statue
    -   A First Nation government, including a Band or Tribal council or its
        agent (including its wholly-owned corporation) on the condition that
        the First Nation has indicated support for the project and for the
        legally-designated representative to seek funding through a formal
        Band or Tribal Council resolution, or other documentation from Self-
        governing First Nations

    Eligible Projects
    -   Arenas
    -   Swimming pools
    -   Gymnasiums
    -   Sports fields
    -   Parks, fitness trails and bike paths
    -   Tennis, basketball, volleyball or other sport-specific courts
    -   Other multi-purpose facilities that have physical recreation activity
        as the primary rationale

    Eligible projects must also:
    -   Be for the rehabilitation or repair of existing infrastructure,
        including new construction that adds to or replaces existing
        recreational infrastructure capacity;
    -   Begin and materially conclude construction before March 31, 2011;
        and,
    -   Be incremental (that the work to be undertaken is an incremental
        construction activity that would otherwise have not been constructed
        by March 31, 2011 were it not for funding under the Recreational
        Infrastructure Canada program in Ontario or Ontario Recreation).

    Application
    -----------
    

    There will be one joint intake application process for federal and
provincial recreation infrastructure funding. There is no limit to how many
applications can be submitted. However, applicants who choose to submit more
than one application should rank them in order of priority. Applicants must
complete a streamlined application form, outlining how the project meets the
requirements outlined above, and submit an attestation confirming the project
is incremental. The application form can be requested online at
www.rinc-on.ca. Applications should be submitted by email to
infrastructure@ic.gc.ca. or by fax at 416-973-6505. Should you require a paper
copy, please call 1-888-300-9308.

    
    Deadline
    --------

    Applications must be submitted before 5:00 p.m. EST on May 29, 2009.

    Project Selection
    -----------------

    To be eligible for funding, projects will be required to demonstrate the
following:

    a. Project incrementality - All eligible recipients will be required to
    attest, in conjunction with their project application, that the work to
    be undertaken is an incremental construction activity that would not
    otherwise have been constructed by March 31, 2011 were it not for funding
    from RInC Ontario and Ontario REC. Federal and provincial funding could
    be used to provide sufficient funding to allow a project to proceed that
    would not otherwise be built, or could be used to accelerate a project
    planned for future years so that it can be completed by March 31, 2011.

    b. Project readiness - All eligible recipients will be required to
    provide information necessary to determine if the project is
    construction-ready and substantially completed by March 31, 2011.

    c. Project merit - As part of the online application form, all eligible
    recipients will be required to provide a description of the project
    benefits, which may inform the evaluation and selection of projects under
    RInC and Ontario REC. For projects involving the rehabilitation of
    existing assets, such benefits could include: public health and safety,
    energy efficiency, accessibility, and/or extending the economic life of
    the asset consistent with sound asset management principles. For projects
    involving new construction, these benefits could include: adding new
    public infrastructure for which there is a demonstrable need, replacing
    an existing asset that has reached the end of its useful life, but is
    still needed to provide public services, or improving the energy
    efficiency, accessibility, safety or quality of public infrastructure in
    a community.

    d. Endorsement - Prior to final approval of funding, projects must be
    duly authorized or endorsed by, as applicable:
    (i) In the case of a Local Government submission, a resolution of its
    council; or
    (ii) In the case of a non-profit or private sector body submission, a
    resolution of its  board of directors
    (iii) In the case of i) or ii), the resolution must be submitted before a
    contribution agreement is signed.

    Given the need for immediate economic stimulus, priority will be given to
those projects that are able to spend at least 50% of their funding by March
31, 2010.

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    Amy Tang, Minister's Office, 416-327-6747
    Eric Pelletier, Communications Branch, 416-325-1810

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For further information:

For further information: (media only), please contact: Pema Lhalungpa,
Office of the Honourable Tony Clement, (613) 995-9001; Amy Tang, Minister's
Office, (416) 327-6747; Eric Pelletier, Communications Branch, (416) 325-1810

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