Lauzon Announces Important Investments through the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program

July 31, 2015

LANCASTER- Member of Parliament Guy Lauzon, on behalf of the Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario), announced today that South Glengarry will benefit from funding through the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program.

The Harper Government has approved a total of up to $80,000 for two projects in the Township of South Glengarry. The municipality and the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 544 will receive $50,000 for renovations and enhancements to the Legion and Community Centre in Lancaster. The Township of South Glengarry will also receive $30,000 for rehabilitation of the Char-Lan Recreation Centre in Williamstown.

This announcement is one of many for projects approved through the Program that will improve and preserve community spaces across southern Ontario, with the aim of giving back to Canadians and creating a lasting legacy as Canada prepares to celebrate the150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017. The program is expected to boost economic activity through infrastructure investments, build community-based partnerships and modernize existing community facilities.

The contributions are contingent on the execution of contribution agreements with recipients.

Quick Facts

  • The Lancaster Legion expansion and renovations are a partnership between Royal Canadian Legion Branch 544 and the Township of South Glengarry to provide improved access to community space in Lancaster
  • Projects have been selected based on program criteria, including the extent to which funding was leveraged from other sources, construction-readiness, and linkages to Canada 150.
  • The Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program is one of several infrastructure-related initiatives that the Harper Government has undertaken to generate well-being and prosperity in communities across Canada.
  • It builds on FedDev Ontario’s delivery of the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund and the Recreational Infrastructure Canada Program in Ontario, which represented a federal investment of more than $225 million and supported more than 1180 projects.

Quotes

 “The funding will help two great community spaces and will be enjoyed by many families and guests for many years to come. I am proud that this funding will be making such a great impact in South Glengarry.”

  • Guy Lauzon, Member of Parliament, Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry

“We appreciate this federal funding to help two important projects in our community. The funds will help the municipality provide two great venues to host a wide variety of community events in South Glengarry.”

  • Ian MacLeod, Mayor, Township of South Glengarry

“The Canada 150 Program funding really allows the Legion renovations and enhancements to proceed full steam ahead and create a real community asset for the Lancaster area for decades to come.”

  • Bill Bresee, President, Royal Canadian Legion Branch 544

Backgrounder

The national Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program provides $150 million over two years, beginning on April 1, 2016, for the rehabilitation, renovation and expansion of existing community infrastructure. It is part of the federal government’s activities to honour Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017.

The program will benefit many types of community infrastructure, including community centres, cultural centres and museums, parks, recreational trails, libraries, recreational facilities, tourism facilities, docks and cenotaphs.

The program is being delivered by regional development agencies across Canada, with FedDev Ontario delivering up to $44.4 million in southern Ontario.

Organizations that are receiving funding in the region include:

  • Municipal or regional governments or related public-sector bodies;
  • Provincial entities that provide municipal-type services to communities;
  • Band Councils or Aboriginal government authorities;
  • Not-for-profit organizations.

Today, Member of Parliament Guy Lauzon announced funding for the following projects in South Glengarry:

Recipient Name Project Title Funding
(up to)
Total Project Cost
Township of South Glengarry Renovation of Legion Hall/Community Centre $50,000 $100,000
Township of South Glengarry Rehabilitation of Char-Lan Recreation Centre $30,000 $60,000

Associated Links

FedDev Ontario – Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program