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Mauro Announces Funding for Recreational Upgrades

June 29, 2009 — Thunder Bay-Atikokan will benefit from joint federal and provincial funding to improve community recreational infrastructure, announced today under the Recreational Infrastructure Canada program in Ontario (RInC Ontario) and Recreation Ontario (Ontario REC).

These projects will provide stimulus to the local economy through investments that will spur construction activity related to recreational infrastructure. Improving recreational facilities and services will also encourage higher levels of participation in physical activity and community building. 

 Recipient Project Title  Federal/Provincial Investment (each)
(up to $) 

Total Eligible Cost
(up to $) 

 Upsala Local Services Board Repaving of existing bike and walking path around Inwood Park   $40,000 $120,000 
 Township of Conmee Furnace Replacement  $2,900  $8,700
 Fort William Curling & Athletic Club Fort William Curling Club Facilities Upgrade   $24,700  $74,100
 Fort William First Nation Arena FWFN Arena Rehabilitation   $382,600  $1,147,800
 City of Thunder Bay Fort William Stadium Rehabilitation  $1,000,000  $3,000,000
 City of Thunder Bay Thunder Bay Community Tennis Centre Rehabilitation Project   $166,667  $500,000
 City of Thunder Bay Recreation Trail - development/resurfacing  $500,000  $1,500,000
 TOTALS   $2,116,876  $6,350,600 

“It is exciting to announce support for recreational infrastructure in my riding of Thunder Bay-Atikokan.  Trails, tennis courts and the Fort William Stadium are used by thousands of Thunder Bay residents and this announcement will help sustain these facilities while minimizing the impact on the taxpayers of Thunder Bay.”
- Bill Mauro, MPP Thunder Bay-Atikokan

“We are pleased to work with our provincial partners to deliver funding that will create jobs and make a difference in the lives of residents throughout northern Ontario.  These projects will bring communities together to get fit and have fun, as well as create local jobs, something this government is committed to doing.”
- Greg Rickford, MP Kenora 

“We appreciate this opportunity to upgrade and build our recreation infrastructure.  The rehabilitation of Fort William Stadium, in particular, is a partnership with the school boards that will provide a venue to encourage our young people to be physically active for many years to come.”
- Lynn Peterson, Mayor City of Thunder Bay

These projects are some of 758 projects announced on June 26 by Minister of State (Science and Technology) Gary Goodyear, on behalf of the Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Industry, and Ontario Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Leona Dombrowsky, on behalf of George Smitherman, Ontario Minister of Energy and Infrastructure, worth a total joint federal and provincial investment of more than $380 million.

Approved projects were selected on the basis of merit and construction readiness.  A list of approved projects will be available on July 6, 2009, at

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For more information, please contact:

Bill Mauro, MPP
(807) 623-9237