Infrastructure Canada

Infrastructure Canada
Youth for Christ

Youth for Christ
City of Winnipeg

City of Winnipeg

August 03, 2011 11:00 ET

Centre for Youth Excellence Nearly Complete

Government representatives tour site, highlight progress on important stimulus project

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA--(Marketwire - Aug. 3, 2011) - With over 80 per cent of construction complete, the Centre for Youth Excellence is nearly set to open its doors to the public, offering Winnipeg youth a dynamic place to visit and become engaged. The Honourable Vic Toews, Minister of Public Safety and Regional Minister for Manitoba, City of Winnipeg Mayor Sam Katz and Youth for Christ Executive Director John Courtney, took part in a site tour today to view the facility's ongoing progress.

"It is extremely gratifying to see how close this facility is to being able to welcome our city's young people inside," said Minister Toews. "This significant infrastructure project is not only an example of our Government's commitment to enhancing and strengthening the infrastructure of Canadian communities, it is also an important piece in our continued efforts to keeping at-risk youth in Winnipeg away from crime and gangs."

"I am pleased to see the speed of which this project is taking shape at Higgins and Main," said Mayor Katz. "This important initiative will be a symbol of hope and opportunity in a pocket of our city that needs it, and I hope it will provide our youth with the experiences necessary to find success in our city."

"We are thrilled with the progress," said Courtney. "We could not have found better project partners. Concord Projects and Ray Wan Architect have been amazing to work with. We have consistently been able to build with excellence and within budget. The building is truly inspirational. It is a clear statement that we value youth and believe in their future."

The 50,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility promotes an active and healthy lifestyle for young people. It houses an indoor skate park; a drop-in centre; a job skills and training centre; a counseling centre; a dance and performing arts studio; a fitness centre; a gymnasium space for floor hockey, volleyball, basketball, and soccer; a climbing wall; and a multipurpose theatre.

The total eligible project costs are over $9.5 million, with the federal and municipal governments each committing one-third of the costs, up to $3.2 million each. Youth for Christ will provide the remaining one-third funding, as well as other project costs. The Government of Canada's funding comes from the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund, announced in Canada's Economic Action Plan.

As part of the Government of Canada's Economic Action Plan, the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund is providing funding to more than 4,100 infrastructure projects across the country. Since May 2009, more than 111 projects have received a total federal investment of over $138.3 million under the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund across Manitoba.

Learn how the Government of Canada is investing in Manitoba infrastructure.

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Contact Information

  • Vanessa Schneider
    Director of Communications
    Office of the Minister of Transport,
    Infrastructure and Communities

    Infrastructure Canada
    Toll free: 1-877-250-7154

    Brad Salyn
    Director of Communications
    Office of the Mayor
    City of Winnipeg

    John Courtney
    Executive Director
    Youth for Christ Winnipeg
    204-955-4876 (cell)