Brampton Gets Federal Funding for Community Spaces

Brampton is about to get another hefty cash injection from the federal government for the purposes of improving and enhancing community spaces in Canada's ninth largest city.

The Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Navdeep Bains, also a Peel area MP, made the announcement this week at Chinguacousy Park alongside Brampton Mayor Linda Jeffrey and local Brampton MPs.

According to the government’s press release, the funding is part of the Canada 150 Infrastructure Program, a $300-million fund that was established to celebrate Canada's 150th birthday through investments in the community spaces for the overall benefit of all Canadians. Of that money, Brampton will be receiving $2.9 million for 61 projects across the city.

"This investment is a nation-building project to mark our nation's 150th anniversary. There's no better way to mark this milestone than to celebrate the places that bring us together - the places that allow us to stay fit, unwind and connect with our friends and neighbours. That's how we establish the bonds of common understanding and friendship in a country where people come from every corner of the world. The values of openness, diversity and inclusion that define all Canadians are forged in our community spaces," Bains said in his remarks at the press conference.

Mayor Jeffrey also had some remarks regarding the additional funding. "In a diverse and fast-growing city like Brampton, it is vital to have recreational spaces that everyone can enjoy. We are pleased to be partnering with the federal government to improve the safety and accessibility of Brampton's parks and playgrounds, and help make Brampton a more active, healthy and livable community."

The Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program (CIP 150) has devoted more than $2.9 million over two years to revamping parks, playgrounds, fitness trails, community centres and cultural facilities across Brampton.

Community is an important part of Brampton’s identity. The residents of Brampton rely on community spaces and centres to connect and learn from each other," said Ruby Sahota, member of parliament for Brampton North.

As for which locations across the city will be under construction, projects include rehabilitation and improvement at Lloyd Sanderson Park Playground, Chinguacousy Park Fitness Trail, Chinguacousy Park Cenotaph Memorial, Professor's Lake East Playground, Earnie Mitchell Park, and the elevators at Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives.

Set to receive the most government funding is the rehabilitation of the Brampton YMCA Health and Fitness Centre in downtown Brampton, with $622,050 of the project being funded by the federal government. In total, the YMCA project will cost almost $2 million.

The full list of the 61 projects for Brampton can be found here.

CIP 150 is a $300 million fund for improvements across Canada, with a whopping up to $88.8 million set aside for infrastructure projects across southern Ontario alone.

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