History has been made in King Township, as The Government of Canada is investing over $21.1 million in this project through the Community, Culture and Recreation Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada plan. The Government of Ontario is providing over $17.6 million while the Township of King is contributing more than $14.1 million. This is the largest investment in King Township history and will be in Ward 1 this will drastically improve service levels for all residents.
The funding for the recreation centre is coming from voluntary contribution from neighbouring developments (development charges). This funding from King Township will not cost tax payers a penny. This is 100 percent funded by developers and will not increase taxes.
The project will see the construction of a new recreation centre for the Township of King and will include twin ice pad surfaces, an indoor year-round pool and track, gym equipment and multipurpose fitness studio space for yoga, aerobics, and spin classes. The recreation centre will also house a multiuse field house with operable doors to surrounding amenities, including baseball and soccer fields. The project will also explore a number of energy efficient measures for the facility such as natural ventilation, reclaiming waste heat from the refrigeration system, and an open loop geothermal heat exchange.
This new complex will provide residents in the Township of King and surrounding communities access to modern and reliable recreational infrastructure where they can enjoy sports, maintain healthy lifestyles and take part in recreational programs and services for years to come.
Through the Investing in Canada plan, the federal government is investing more than $180 billion over 12 years in public transit projects, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, trade and transportation routes, and Canada’s rural and northern communities.
Across Ontario, the Government of Canada has invested more than $8.7 billion in over 3,100 infrastructure projects.
Across the province and over the next ten years, Ontario is investing approximately $320 million and Canada is investing approximately $407 million under the Community, Culture and Recreation Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program. 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 is investing over $10.2 billion under the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program to improve public transit; community, culture and recreation; green, and rural and northern community and other priority infrastructure.
King Township Media Release here.
I just want to take a moment to thank all levels of Government, our partners at Seneca College for leasing us the land for 99 years and all the Township staff who have worked hard on this in the past two years. Many people said two years ago when I was running for office you cannot improve services without raising taxes. Well 2021 we had a zero percent budget and the 2022 budget is looking the same way. I am honoured that I can help bring this tremendous facility to Ward 1 and at the same time respect the tax payer. I am sure this will be a landmark project for generations to come.
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