Vaughan, Ontario, June 11, 2021—As communities strive to recover from the pandemic, the governments of Canada and Ontario are providing assistance to improve their infrastructure and drive growth.
Today, funding for municipal infrastructure projects in Vaughan was announced by the Honourable Deb Schulte, Member of Parliament for King—Vaughan and Minister of Seniors, Francesco Sorbara, Member of Parliament for Vaughan—Woodbridge on behalf of the Hon. Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities; the Honourable Stephen Lecce, Member of Provincial Parliament for King–Vaughan and Ontario’s Minister of Education, and Michael Tibollo, Member of Provincial Parliament for Vaughan—Woodbridge, on behalf of the Honourable Laurie Scott, Ontario’s Minister of Infrastructure.
The funding will support upgrades and renovations at 59 public facilities in Vaughan, including 18 heritage buildings, 10 community centres, 10 libraries, nine firestations and eight sport facilities, including five skating rinks.
The project will make air quality enhancements to all of these facilities by installing ultra violet systems, which are 99 per cent effective at eliminating the coronavirus. New HVAC units will be installed at the Al Palladini, Chancellor, Father Ermanno Bulfon and Maple community centres, and HVACs will be retrofitted at the other facilities.
Vaughan Fire Station 7-1 will be rennovated to make it a zero-carbon building. The Maple Library and Community Centre will be revitalized, including the addition of multi-purpose spaces. Roofs will be replaced at the Dufferin Clark and Rosemount Community Centres, as well as the Bathurst Clark and Dufferin Clark libraries. Five city skating rinks will have their refrigeration and equipment replaced and upgraded.
These investments are helping Vaughan build back better and will ensure that residents have access to safer, greener and more resilient community facilities.
The Government of Canada is investing over $10.2 million toward these projects through the COVID-19 Resilience Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program, and the Government of Ontario is contributing over $2.5 million.
“We’re building back better by upgrading vital community infrastructure in Vaughan. This will help ensure residents can continue to learn, work and play in safe, green and resilient facilities. The Government of Canada is supporting our community’s ability to better serve our residents while helping the economy come roaring back from the pandemic.”
-Deb Schulte, Member of Parliament for King–Vaughan and Minister of Seniors
“Investing in retrofitting our Vaughan community infrastructure ensures safe and reliable structures for our residents. The Government of Canada has worked alongside provincial and municipal partners, ensuring every dollar invested to maintain local community spaces counts, while providing a path to a strong economic recovery.”
-Francesco Sorbara, Member of Parliament for Vaughan–Woodbridge
“I am proud to deliver investments in the heart of our community — including a complete overhaul to the Maple Fire Hall, expansion to the Maple Library and Community Centre, along with improvements to the ice rink. Our focus continues to be on protecting families as we work to deliver a two dose summer and gradually reopen our economy.”
-Stephen Lecce, Member of Provincial Parliament for King–Vaughan and Minister of Education
“As we safely and gradually begin reopening Ontario’s economy, the health and safety of every individual and family here in Vaughan-Woodbridge continues to be our top priority. By working collaboratively with the Federal government, this investment is just another example of how Ontario is continuing to deliver and build on our government’s important commitment to protect every Ontarian from COVID-19. We are fully committed to working with our partners to support infrastructure projects like these that will help protect families, our kids, and our entire community - making them stronger, healthier and safer as we navigate through this pandemic.”
-Michael Tibollo, Member of Provincial Parliament for Vaughan-–Woodbridge
“The City of Vaughan welcomes today's announcement through the ICIP COVID-19 Resiliency Stream. We remain grateful to our federal and provincial governments for their continued partnership and collaboration throughout the global pandemic. The investments announced today will make a significant and meaningful impact in our communities and will benefit residents for years to come. Whether it's our skating rinks, fire halls, libraries or community centres, all of these projects are integral to fostering a safe and inclusive city. They will ensure Vaughan remains a city in demand - where people are given opportunities to live and work in a community that places their safety as priority number one."
-Maurizio Bevilacqua, Mayor of Vaughan
Investing in COVID-19 Community Resilience
Canada Healthy Communities Initiative
Investing in Canada: Canada’s Long-Term Infrastructure Plan
Investing in Canada Plan Project Map
Federal infrastructure investments in Ontario
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Office of Canada’s Minister of Seniors
Office of Minister Lecce