Niagara Centre receiving over $400,000 in new federal funding

On behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for FedDev Ontario, Vance Badawey, Member of Parliament for Niagara Centre is pleased to announce that three municipalities in Niagara Centre will be receiving a combined total of $416,667 in new funding.

Projects receiving funding are as follows:

  • Welland Recreational Canal Corporation -Replacement of Public Docks, Federal Contribution: $60,000.
  • Renovations of Roselawn Centre of Performing Arts Heritage House in Port Colborne, Federal Contribution:  $140,000.
  • Improvement of the Welland Community Skatepark, Federal Contribution: $216,667.

These ventures are part of the 350 projects approved by the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program(CIP 150) projects approved in southern Ontario. With the addition of $44.4 million in supplementary funding announced in Budget 2016, the total CIP 150 allocation for southern Ontario, being delivered by FedDev Ontario, is up to $88.8 million.

Over 730 projects have been approved under both intakes.

These projects will allow Canadians to enjoy upgraded community facilities such as parks, trails, cultural and
community centres. They will also help to create a lasting legacy as Canada prepares to celebrate the
150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017.

“These projects will have a direct impact on our communities, and to the citizens and visitors of Niagara,” Niagara Centre MP Vance Badawey said.

“The historic Welland Canal is a destination for local residents and visitors alike,” Badawey explains. “The restoration,maintenance, and development of existing infrastructure on the Recreation Canal is essential to ensuring that future generations will have access to this wonderful resource.”

“More importantly however, is continuing to enhance this asset so that it can become a signature destination for the citizens of Welland and the millions of people that travel annually to Niagara,” he said.

“The Roselawn Centre has been a fixture in Port Colborne since the 1860s. As the Performing Arts Heritage
House, this institution has been instrumental in showcasing wonderful artists, and ensuring that arts and
culture are alive and well in Port Colborne,” Badawey said. “Funding for renovations will allow the Roselawn Centre of Performing Arts Heritage House to continue to welcome patrons both locally and internationally, to this superb facility.”

Badawey added” “Funding for the Welland Community Skatepark is a great example of youth advocacy in action.”

“It was thedrive and passion of some of the youngest citizens of Niagara Centre that helped make this dream a reality,” he said. “I very much look forward to seeing this skatepark full of people of all ages, helping to revitalize Welland’s downtown core.”

“Grants such as these ensure that projects are completed without the local property taxpayers shouldering
the financial burden – in this case $400,000 of property tax relief,” Badawey said.

Source – Office of Vance Badawey Member of Parliament, Niagara Centre



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