Local community recreation facilities receive grants

Norman Miller, MPP for Parry Sound-Muskoka, was joined today by Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries, Lake of Bays Mayor Terry Glover, and Deputy Muskoka District President Graydon Smith for a tour of the Baysville Arena and to celebrate the Community Building Fund grant for the refrigeration system upgrade.

“In smaller communities like Baysville in Parry Sound-Muskoka and all over rural Ontario, the local arena or community center brings families and residents together,” said MPP Miller. “I played hockey at this arena and when I coached my kids’ hockey teams, they also played here. I know how important this arena is to the families of Lake of Bays Township and to the residents of Muskoka, so I’m thrilled to see Ontario investing $500,000 to maintain this facility.

Although this grant, administered through the Ontario Trillium Foundation, was originally announced in January, COVID restrictions prevented an in-person celebration of this grant at the time. Other Community Development Fund Capital grants announced in January include:

  1. $500,000 for new flooring and rink boards at Sundridge Strong Joly Arena
  2. $240,000 to Parry Sound to replace community center heating and air conditioning units
  3. $32,100 for an air exchange system at the Bracebridge Senior Citizens Centennial Club.

“Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, our government has supported those who are struggling the most,” said Minister MacLeod. “These capital grants will help municipalities, Indigenous communities and non-profit organizations make necessary repairs or upgrades to their sports and recreation facilities to adapt to the pressures of the pandemic so they can continue to offer programs essential to economic and social well-being. communities in the province.

“Thank you so much to Norm Miller and everyone who made this possible. With this financial assistance from the provincial government, we can make the necessary upgrades to our community center and continue to provide arena services to support our residents for the years to come,” said Mayor Glover.

Minister MacLeod took the opportunity to highlight another funding opportunity. The Ontario Trillium Foundation’s Resilient Communities Fund will be accepting applications from March 9 to April 6, 2022 from charities, nonprofits, Indigenous communities and municipalities. Funding of $10,000 to $200,000 will be available to help organizations rebuild their capacity, improve their resilience and meet the changing needs of their communities.

“I encourage all of our municipalities, First Nations and not-for-profit organizations to review the eligibility criteria on www.otf.ca and consider applying for funding through the Resilient Communities Fund” said MPP Miller.