Green Infrastructure Improvements to Benefit Thunder Bay Residents

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THUNDER BAY, ON, June 30, 2022 /CNW/ – Today, the Honorable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Indigenous Services and Minister responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Northern Ontario, on behalf of the Honorable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Intergovernmental, Infrastructure and Communities, announced $33.4 million in the financing of two green infrastructure projects Thunder Bay.

Among the projects announced today is the relocation of the Thunder Bay Art Gallery to the shore of the lake superior on from Thunder Bay waterfront. This new net zero facility will include large flexible spaces to host events and art exhibitions, classrooms and studios for creative learning and greater opportunities to discover and learn about the art. It will also include more space to house the important collection of contemporary art by Indigenous artists and Northwestern Ontario artists.

The funding will also support the rehabilitation of a former long-term care home into the Matawa Training and Wellness Centre. This new center will include several classrooms, multipurpose training areas, individual and family transition units, a health clinic and a cultural hall with stage, among other additions. When completed, the Matawa Training and Wellness Center will provide more than 10,000 Aboriginal people with access to education, health, social services and cultural programming in Northern Ontario. Renovations to the existing structure will reduce energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions.

The government of Canada invest more $49.5 million towards these projects.

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“The funding announced today will be used to create beautiful facilities where Thunder Bay residents will be able to access essential and culturally appropriate health, social and cultural services. Our government will continue to build a greener and more inclusive future for future generations. »

The Honorable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Indigenous Services and Minister responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Northern Ontario, on behalf of the Honorable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities

“The Matawa Wellness and Training Center – Green Building Project is pleased to be one of the recipients of from Canada Green and Inclusive Community Building (GICB) program in the country and one of two green infrastructure projects in Thunder Bay. We know that there were many other worthy projects that were proposed. Overall, this project will see a reduction of 420.8 tCO2 and an increased energy efficiency of 2,683,503 Kwh or 69.9%. This investment of $13,844,168 is a substantial contribution for which we are very grateful. This will help continue to move this project forward towards completion in 2023.”

President Robinson MesakeMatawa First Nation Board of Directors

“In addition to reclaiming a brownfield site for this community, the Thunder Bay Art Gallery will now be able to build a zero-carbon public art gallery and community gathering place on the shore of lake superior. The gallery’s board of directors and staff who have been working on the realization of the new waterfront art gallery for more than a decade are extremely grateful to Infrastructure Canada for this groundbreaking funding that will ensure the construction of the new waterfront art gallery. »

Sharon Godwindirector, Thunder Bay Art Gallery

Fast facts

  • Thunder Bay Art Gallery Relocation Project
    • Infrastructure Canada contributes $19,612,000 through Green and Inclusive Community Buildings (GICB) program.
    • Canadian Heritage contributed $12,600,000 through the Canadian Cultural Spaces Fund (CCSF)).
    • The Federal Economic Development Agency for Northern Ontario (FedNor) also provided $3.5 million under the Northern Ontario Development Program.
  • Matawa Training and Wellness Center Project
    • Infrastructure Canada contributes $13,844,168 through Green and Inclusive Community Buildings (GICB) program.
  • The Green and Inclusive Community Buildings program is an integral part of from Canada Reinforced Climate Plan, providing $1.5 billion over five years toward green and accessible renovations, repairs or upgrades to existing public community buildings and the construction of new publicly accessible community buildings that serve underserved and high-needs communities across Canada.
  • At least 10% of funding is allocated to projects serving First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities, including indigenous populations in urban centres.
  • Provincial/territorial governments, municipal or regional governments, public sector bodies, non-profit and Indigenous organizations interested in the Green and Inclusive Community Buildings program are invited to apply on the Infrastructure site. Canada website.
  • Applicants with large renovation projects of existing community buildings or new community construction projects with total eligible costs ranging from $3 million at $25 million were accepted through a competitive admissions process that ended on July 6, 2021. A second admission is expected later in 2022, however, the date has yet to be determined. Details about the second promotion will be posted on the Infrastructure Canada – Green and Inclusive Community Buildings website as they become available.
  • Announced in December 2020, from Canada The Reinforced Climate Plan includes 64 new measures and $15 billion investment in a healthy environment and economy.

Related links

Green and inclusive community buildings:
https://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/gicb-bcvi/index-eng.html

Invest in Canada Plan the project map:
https://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/gmap-gcarte/index-eng.html

Enhanced Climate Plan:
https://www.canada.ca/en/services/environment/weather/climate-change/climate-plan/climate-plan-overview.html

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For further information: Jean-Sébastien Comeau, Press Secretary and Communications Advisor, Office of the Honorable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities, 343-574-8116, [email protected]; Carol Audet, Communications Manager, Matawa First Nation Management, 907-632-9663, [email protected]; Sharon Godwin, Gallery Director, Thunder Bay Art Gallery, 807-577-6427, [email protected]; Media Relations: Infrastructure Canada, 613-960-9251, Toll Free: 1-877-250-7154, [email protected]

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