OTTAWA — Investments in key infrastructure projects ensure thriving and healthy communities across Canada. From roads and community centres to public transit and water reservoirs, reliable infrastructure provides communities with opportunities to grow and develop today so that they can be resilient in the face of tomorrow.

Today, Chandra Arya, Member of Parliament for Nepean, on behalf of the Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities; the Honourable Lisa MacLeod, Ontario’s Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries, on behalf of the Honourable Kinga Surma, Ontario’s Minister of Infrastructure; and Jan Harder, Councillor for Ward 3 Barrhaven, on behalf of His Worship Jim Watson, Mayor of the City of Ottawa, announced joint funding for 12 community and recreation infrastructure projects across Ontario.

The Government of Canada is investing more than $20.8 million in these projects through the Community, Culture and Recreation Stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program. The Government of Ontario is providing over $17.3 million, while recipients and partners are contributing over $13.8 million in total.

Among the projects announced today is the construction of the Barrhaven Town Centre in Nepean. This new cultural hub will include the construction of a 15,000-square-foot cultural centre, a 3,000-square-foot seniors’ space, and an over 25,000 square-foot-library. Once complete, this project will provide residents in Ottawa with a cultural hub that will foster social interactions and community engagement for years to come.

Additional funding announced today will support recreation and community infrastructure projects in Ajax, Brantford, London, Kitchener, Kingsville, Perth East, Cramahe, Howick, Clarence-Rockland, Madoc, and Lambton Shores. These projects include improvements to local community centres and facilities, theatres, playgrounds, rinks, outdoor courts, and pools.