PETERBOROUGH — Canadians everywhere are feeling the impact of COVID-19 on their families, their livelihoods and their way of life. Together, Canada and Ontario are working to reduce the impact of the pandemic, ensure health and safety, rebuild businesses, and promote job creation, growth and investment.

Today, the Honourable Maryam Monsef, Federal Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Rural Economic Development, and Member of Parliament for Peterborough—Kawartha, on behalf of the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Federal Minister of Infrastructure and Communities; Dave Smith, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines and Indigenous Affairs, and Member of Provincial Parliament for Peterborough—Kawartha, on behalf of the Honourable Laurie Scott, Ontario's Minister of Infrastructure; David Piccini, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Colleges and Universities, and Member of Provincial Parliament for Northumberland-Peterborough South; and Steve Kylie and John Martyn, Board Chair and Vice Chair, from The Mount Community Centre, announced joint funding for four community and recreational infrastructure projects in Peterborough County.

The Government of Canada is investing more than $3.3 million toward these projects, with the Government of Ontario providing over $2.8 million through the Community, Culture and Recreation Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada plan. The recipients are responsible for the remainder of funding, with contributions of more than $2.2 million combined toward their respective projects.

In the City of Peterborough, joint funding will support the renovation of the Mount Community Centre to improve accessibility and operations. Interior work includes upgrading washrooms and installing an elevator to allow clients to move around the facility with greater ease. Exterior renovations include measures to improve storm water management, replacement of sanitary lines, and the addition of new accessible parking spaces.

This project will enable Peterborough residents and visitors to access the community centre more easily, providing a more enjoyable user experience.

Other projects announced today will support upgrades and expansions to community and activity centres in two Peterborough County communities, creating modern, inclusive spaces for recreational events and programming. Additional funding will also support the improvement of a multi-use trail system to prevent erosion, providing a safer and more accessible experience for motorised and non-motorised trail users.  

All orders of government continue to work together for the people of Ontario to make strategic infrastructure investments in communities across the province when they are needed most.