Recreation facilities across Ontario score government funding



    LINDSAY, ON, June 26 /CNW/ - Local hockey rinks, soccer fields, pools,
parks, playgrounds, trails and community centres across the province will
receive needed upgrades and repairs because of funding under the Recreational
Infrastructure Canada (RInC) program in Ontario and the Ontario Recreation
Program (Ontario REC).
    The Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State (Science and Technology),
on behalf of the Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Industry, and the
Honourable Leona Dombrowsky, Ontario's Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural
Affairs, on behalf of the Honourable George Smitherman, Ontario's Minister of
Energy and Infrastructure, announced today the governments will spend more
than $380 million towards 758 projects, fully subscribing the program just one
month after it was launched.
    There was an overwhelming response to the RInC and Ontario REC programs,
and many worthwhile projects can proceed to create jobs and stimulate the
economy. The Government of Canada is providing the full amount for Ontario,
$195 million over two years, rather than the $68 million originally announced
for this construction season. The Government of Ontario is putting $195
million towards this program over two years.
    "Improving our soccer pitches, hockey rinks, baseball fields, community
centres, swimming pools and local parks are all projects that not only bring
together our communities, but also create jobs and boost local economies,"
said Minister Goodyear. "Thanks to these investments, municipalities,
not-for-profits and First Nations will be able to offer improved services for
their residents to encourage active, healthy lifestyles."
    "Recreational facilities are a vital part of Ontario's fabric, and enrich
our lives and our children's lives in many ways," said Minister Dombrowsky.
"Our government is committed to supporting these public spaces so that they
may be enjoyed for generations to come."
    Local announcements will be made over the next 10 days; a list of
approved projects will be available on July 6, 2009, at www.rinc-on.ca.

    LEARN MORE

    Get more information about recreational infrastructure funding in Ontario
(http://www.rinc-on.ca/).
    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 across the province
(http://www.mei.gov.on.ca/english/infrastructure/).


    
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                                 BACKGROUNDER

               RECREATION FACILITIES SCORE FUNDING FOR UPGRADES
    

    The RInC Program in Ontario and Ontario REC will provide 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 added benefit of encouraging higher levels
of participation in physical activity and community building.
    In addition to the $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 included $500
million for the Recreational Infrastructure Canada program to support
upgrading and renewal of recreational facilities in communities across Canada.
The allocation for Ontario is $195 million over two years.
    Through the 2009 Ontario Budget, Confronting the Challenge: Building Our
Economic Future, the province is investing $32.5 billion in infrastructure for
the province of Ontario over the next two years - including $195 million for
recreation infrastructure projects - that will support more than 300,000 jobs
and strengthen Ontario's economy.
    Listed below is a summary of recreational infrastructure funding for
Ontario.

    
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    Summary By Category
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    Category                             Number of   Provincial     Federal
                                          Projects     Funding      Funding
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    Arenas                                   185    $54,731,501   $54,731,501
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    Swimming pools                            72    $24,268,940   $24,268,940
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    Gymnasiums                                28    $15,150,237   $15,150,237
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    Sports Fields                             96    $22,661,539   $22,661,539
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    Parks, fitness trails, bike paths        146    $25,130,078   $25,130,078
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    Tennis, basketball, volleyball or
    other sport-specific courts               52     $8,057,226    $8,057,226
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    Other multi-purpose facilities with
    physical recreation activity as the
    primary rationale                        179    $40,161,583   $40,161,583
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    TOTAL                                    758   $190,161,104  $190,161,104
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    Summary By Region
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    Region                               Number of   Provincial     Federal
                                          Projects     Funding      Funding
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    Central                                  108    $38,740,481   $38,740,481
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    Eastern                                  155    $32,274,811   $32,274,811
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    North                                    138    $25,724,486   $25,724,486
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    South Central                             54    $19,882,468   $19,882,468
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    South West                               177    $45,105,540   $45,105,540
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    Toronto                                  126    $28,433,318   $28,433,318
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    TOTAL                                    758   $190,161,104  $190,161,104
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    Summary By Body
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    Body                                 Number of   Provincial     Federal
                                          Projects     Funding      Funding
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    First Nations Governments                 53    $15,707,367   $15,707,367
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    Local or Regional Governments            595   $139,543,979  $139,543,979
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    Not-for-profit Organizations              90    $31,016,580   $31,016,580
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    Provincial Entity                         12     $1,572,786    $1,572,786
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    Public Sector Body                         8     $2,320,392    $2,320,392
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    TOTAL                                    758   $190,161,104  $190,161,104
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For further information:

For further information: (media only), please contact Gary Toft, Office
of the Honourable Gary Goodyear, (613) 943-7599; Amy Tang, Office of the
Honourable George Smitherman, (416) 327-6747

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