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Feds launch infrastructure funding program

With the country’s 150th birthday coming up next year, the federal government has launched the second phase of an infrastructure funding program for community and recreational centres.

FedDev Ontario has launched the second phase of the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program in southern Ontario, with up to $88.8 million available over the next two years for projects.

“As we near Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation, the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program highlights the importance of the places in our communities that bring us together and make Canada home,” states Navdeep Bains, the minister of innovation, science and economic development and the minister responsible for FedDev Ontario, in a news release.

“By providing support to renovate, expand and improve cultural and regional infrastructure, we will ensure these spaces will continue to be enjoyed by Canadians for years to come.”

Municipal, regional and Aboriginal governments, public sector bodies, provincial entities delivering municipal-type services and incorporated non-profits can submit applications to help fund community and cultural infrastructure projects that will be supported on a cost-shared basis.

The first phase of the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program brought several projects to Oshawa in July 2015, including $117,500 for exterior upgrades and an HVAC system replacement at the Canadian Automotive Museum, $170,000 for roof repairs at the Northview Community Centre and more than $500,000 for renovations of the Glass Gardens Greenhouse Complex through the Parkwood Foundation.

The deadline for applications is June 24 at