Report to Council: Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Funding - Sarnia Arena
By City Staff
TO: Members of Sarnia City Council
FROM: Rob Harwood, Director of Parks and Recreation
DATE: February 6, 2017
SUBJECT: Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Funding – Sarnia Arena
It is recommended:
1. That Sarnia City Council approves the Contribution Agreement with the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario for funding under the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program for the Rehabilitation of Sarnia Arena project in the amount up to $491,667; and
2. That Sarnia City Council authorizes the Mayor and Clerk to sign the Contribution Agreement; and
3. That Sarnia City Council authorizes staff to support the Sarnia Arena Community in a fundraising campaign led by Greg Burr our Community Liaison in cooperation with the Arena Advisory Committee and local partners.
On May 19, 2015 the Government of Canada announced a $150 million commitment to the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program (CIP 150) to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary. The program will support the rehabilitation and improvement of existing public infrastructure assets with a focus towards community recreational facilities and infrastructure.
To be considered for Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program funding, projects were to be endorsed by a resolution of Council which was rendered at the June 10th, 2016 regular Council meeting.
Parks and Recreation staff was recently notified by the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario that the funding application was successful.
Improvements will be based on revitalizing the historical and heritage elements of the facility and improving the experience of the users while exceeding the AODA standards for legislative compliance, improving the energy efficiency opportunities and include façade and exterior repairs, lobby and concession improvements, barrier free access to washrooms and change room upgrades.
While the program could provide up to 50% of the total eligible project costs, priority was given to recipients seeking no more than 33.3%. The amount of Federal funding approved for this project is $491,667 or 33.3% of the Rehabilitation of Sarnia Arena project. Additional funds of $491,667.00 must be raised through a Public Fundraising Campaign which has been kicked off with an $87,000 Bluewater Power Legacy Gift toward the LED lighting component of the project. This project will also require the use of $491,667.00 from the 2017 Council approved Parks and Recreation Capital envelope. The full scope of this project will be determined by the success of the Community fundraising campaign led by Greg Burr, our Community Liaison.
The Parks and Recreation, Finance and Legal Departments were consulted, as well as the Sarnia Legionnaires Hockey Club, Sarnia Figure Skating Club, the Arena Advisory Committee and Greg Burr.
Eligible project costs will be reimbursed to the City of Sarnia once both parties sign a contribution agreement and if the costs are incurred between December 15, 2016 and March 31, 2018. There will be no increased funding requirement by Council in 2017 to complete this Sarnia Arena Revitalization requirement.
This article was posted Wednesday, February 1, 2017 12:19 PM
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