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Boys & Girls Club of Niagara

March 13, 2010 10:00 ET

Niagara Celebrates Groundbreaking of New Boys and Girls Club

NIAGARA FALLS, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 13, 2010) - The Honourable Rob Nicholson, P.C., Q.C., Member of Parliament for Niagara Falls, Kim Craitor, Member of Provincial Parliament for Niagara Falls, Ted Salci, Mayor of the City of Niagara Falls, and Bill Walters, President of the Boys and Girls Club of Niagara, today celebrated the groundbreaking for the new Boys and Girls Club Niagara Falls Centre project.

This project will see the construction of a new 38,255 square foot facility that will house a double gymnasium, accessible pool, multi-purpose meeting and program space, full parking and outdoor play areas. 

"Every child should have the opportunity to develop the skills that they will need to reach their full potential" said Minister Nicholson, on behalf of Canada's Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure. "The Boys and Girls Club provides support through its numerous programs to those who need an extra hand, and the new, larger facility in Niagara Falls will allow the organization to increase participation in an environment that is safe, secure and accessible to all."

"Physical activity is part of a healthy lifestyle," said MPP Craitor. "This investment to create a new recreation facility will help youth become more physically active and enrich the lives of families in Niagara in many ways."

"It is exciting to know that the reality of the Boys and Girls Club vision for a new, modern, and up-to-date facility, is one step closer at hand," said Mayor Salci. "The services and activities offered at the Boys and Girls Club are extremely valuable to the quality of life offered to children and families in our community. We look forward with great anticipation to the opening of their new facility."

"It's been a lengthy process securing this much needed facility. We are very pleased to finally be breaking ground," said President Walters.

The governments of Canada and Ontario have each committed up to $4 million toward this project. The City of Niagara Falls and the Boys and Girls Club will contribute the balance of the total eligible costs of up to $12 million. 

Financial support for this project is being provided through the $4 billion federal Infrastructure Stimulus Fund, which provides funding to provincial, territorial, municipal and community infrastructure projects that can be completed by March 31, 2011. The Province of Ontario's contribution comes from the 2009 provincial budget, Confronting the Challenge: Building Our Economic Future. Ontario's two-year, $32.5-billon investment will support more than 300,000 jobs and strengthen Ontario's economy.

To date, Canada and Ontario have announced over $11 billion in joint funding for more than 2,600 infrastructure projects across the province to stimulate the economy and create jobs. During these challenging economic times, the governments of Canada and Ontario have taken steps to get shovels in the ground and funding into targeted infrastructure projects across the province. 

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Contact Information

  • Office of the Honourable Rob Nicholson
    Pamela Stephens
    Office of Kim Craitor
    Cabinet de Ted Salci
    905-356-7521, poste 4201
    Boys and Girls Club of Niagara
    JoAnne Turner