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 billon 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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         Recreational Infrastructure Canada (RInC) Program in Ontario
    

    Through the RInC Program Ontario, the Government of Canada has committed
to supporting Ontario's communities and creating jobs through upgrades to
existing recreation facilities over the next two years.
    The RInC Program in Ontario will provide a timely, targeted stimulus to
the economy, through investments that will spur construction activity related
to existing recreational infrastructure. Beyond economic stimulus and job
creation, renewing, rehabilitating and modernizing our recreational
infrastructure has the additional benefit of encouraging higher levels of
participation in physical activity and community building.
    Canada's Economic Action Plan provided $500 million over two years 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. Projects will be selected on the basis of merit and
construction readiness.
    The Government of Canada can fund up to one third of a project's total
eligible cost up to a maximum of $1 million per project, with recipients
providing the remaining balance.

    
    Eligibility Criteria
    --------------------

    Eligible applicants
    -   Municipalities
    -   Counties
    -   First Nations governments
    -   Community organizations
    -   Not-for-profit entities

    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).

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

    There is no limit to how many applications can be submitted under the
RInC Program in Ontario. 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 is available 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
    --------

    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 that come in after May 29, 2009, will be assessed and those
approved will be announced on an ongoing basis.

    
    Selection Criteria
    ------------------

    Projects will be assessed on the degree to which they meet the eligibility
requirements described above as well as the following selection criteria:

    -   Project readiness
    -   Incrementality
    -   Extent to which other funding is leveraged
    -   Public health and safety
    -   Energy efficiency
    -   Accessibility
    -   Percentage of funding that can be spent in 2009/10
    -   Extending the life of the infrastructure
    

    For more information, please refer to the Program Guide available on the
web site at www.rinc-on.ca, email infrastructure@ic.gc.ca or call
1-888-300-9308.





For further information:

For further information: (media only), please contact: Pema Lhalungpa,
Office of the Honourable Tony Clement, (613) 995-9001; Amy Tang, Office of the
Honourable George Smitherman, (416) 327-6747

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