Infrastructure Canada

Infrastructure Canada
Government of Ontario

Government of Ontario

July 08, 2009 10:30 ET

Canada and Ontario Support the Construction of Clarence-Rockland Sporting Event and Training Centre

Investment will create jobs, stimulate the economy and promote participation in sports

CLARENCE-ROCKLAND, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 8, 2009) - Pierre Lemieux, the Member of Parliament for Glengarry-Prescott-Russell, along with Jean-Marc Lalonde, Member of Provincial Parliament for Glengarry-Prescott-Russell, announced today that the Sporting Event and Training Centre project in Clarence-Rockland has been identified by federal and provincial governments as a priority for funding consideration under Building Canada's Major Infrastructure Component.

"The construction of this Sporting Event and Hockey Training Centre in Clarence-Rockland is an example of the type of infrastructure that Canada's Government is investing in under the leadership of Prime Minister Stephen Harper," said MP Lemieux. "Together, we are delivering on investments that will benefit our youth, help create jobs and stimulate our local economy. This is a great project that will make a real difference."

"Amateur hockey has long been one of my greatest passions - it builds character and community," said MPP Lalonde. "This project will create a state-of-the art training facility that will introduce hundreds of young athletes to Canada's national past-time, and help hundreds more take their skills to the next level. This project will also support other recreational past-times in Clarence-Rockland and will create local jobs and other spin-off benefits that will further support the local economy. That's a win-win in my book."

"The City of Clarence-Rockland is proud of the support from the Federal and Provincial governments in this significant infrastructure project. The repercussions will have a major impact on our municipality's economic development and will also allow our youths to perfect and develop their sports aptitude in a high caliber environment," mentioned Richard Lalonde, Mayor of the City of Clarence-Rockland.

The Governments of Canada and Ontario are each setting aside one-third of eligible costs of the project, up to a maximum contribution of $6.8 million. The City of Clarence-Rockland will provide the remaining funding. The total estimated cost of this project is $21 million.

The Centre will help meet the sports and recreational needs of the City of Clarence-Rockland and Eastern Ontario by providing two NHL-size ice surfaces, two soccer fields, a baseball diamond and a running track, as well as enhance the level of recreational tourism in the region.

The multi-use facility will also allow for the creation of an advanced hockey program for secondary-school level hockey players. Clarence-Rockland will commit to reserve a proportion of operational hours of the facility for public and community use.

Demonstrating their commitment to stimulating the economy and creating jobs, both the governments of Canada and Ontario are moving forward with a number of large scale infrastructure programs to assist Ontarians when they need it most.

The Government of Canada's 2009 Economic Action Plan is accelerating and expanding the existing federal investment of $33 billion in infrastructure across Canada with almost $12 billion in new infrastructure stimulus funding over the next two years.

Through the 2009 Ontario Budget - Confronting the Challenge: Building Our Economic Future - the province is investing $32.5 billion in infrastructure for the province of Ontario over the next two years, including a $5 billion contribution from the federal government that will support more than 300,000 jobs and strengthen Ontario's economy.


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Infrastructure investment stimulates economic growth, creates jobs, supports stronger communities and enhances the overall prosperity of Ontarians.

The construction of the Sporting Event and Training Centre in Clarence-Rockland, Ontario, has been identified as a priority for federal and provincial infrastructure funding. The multi-use centre will provide the residents of Clarence-Rockland and Eastern Ontario with the following sport and recreational facilites:

- Two NHL-size ice surfaces.

- Two soccer fields.

- A baseball diamond.

- A running track.

The Sporting Event and Training Centre will allow for the creation of an advanced hockey program for secondary-school level hockey players, to be run by the Canadian International Hockey Academy.

Federal and provincial financial support is conditional on the project meeting all applicable eligibility and approval requirements under the Government of Canada's Building Canada Fund - Major Infrastructure Component, and on the signing of a contribution agreement with the City of Clarence-Rockland. As part of this agreement, the City will commit to reserve a proportion of operational hours of the facility for public and community use.

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Contact Information

  • Office of Pierre Lemieux MP
    Francis Levesque
    Infrastructure Canada
    Office of the Honourable John Baird
    Chris Day
    Office of Jean-Marc Lalonde MPP
    Melissa Ouellette
    Ministry of Energy & Infrastructure
    Office of the Honourable George Smitherman
    Amy Tang
    City of Clarence-Rockland
    Julie Chartrand, Communications
    613-446-6022 ext. 2227