Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario

Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario

July 29, 2014 10:00 ET

Minister Gary Goodyear and MP Parm Gill Visit State-of-the-Art Swimming Facility at Heart Lake Conservation Area in Brampton

BRAMPTON, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - July 29, 2014) - Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario)

Today, FedDev Ontario Minister Gary Goodyear, accompanied by local MP Parm Gill, toured the Wild Wetland Splash and Pool facility at Heart Lake Conservation Area in Brampton, Ontario. Located in natural wilderness surroundings, the impressive swimming space utilizes state-of-the-art water conservation technology, is home to over 30 wetland-themed water features, and can accommodate up to 550 facility users at one time.

Through the Recreational Infrastructure Canada (RInC) program in Ontario, the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority received a federal investment of $533,000 toward total project costs of up to $1,600,000. The funding supported the installation of a new swimming pool and deck area, implementation of high-efficiency plumbing and mechanical infrastructure, and renovation of existing washroom, change room and staff facilities.

Since 2009, FedDev Ontario has acted as a co-investor and champion for southern Ontario communities, businesses, not-for-profit organizations, and social enterprises by strategically investing in projects that help build a strong foundation for long-term economic growth and actively promoting the region and its attributes.

Quick Facts

  • Canada's Economic Action Plan 2009 provided $500 million nationally over two years for the RInC program to support the upgrading and renewal of recreational facilities in communities.

  • FedDev Ontario was responsible for delivering the RInC program in Ontario in partnership with the Government of Ontario. There were 757 projects that successfully completed construction, representing a joint federal-provincial investment of over $361 million.

  • Since its creation, FedDev Ontario has invested almost $1.2 billion, resulting in partnerships with more than 5,300 organizations and more than $1.5 billion in additional leveraged investments from almost exclusively non-government sources to support businesses, organizations and communities in southern Ontario.

Quotes

"Our Government, through FedDev Ontario, was pleased to support the development of a safe and clean splash pad and pool facility at Heart Lake Conservation Area for people of all ages to enjoy in the summer season. When we improve recreational areas and facilities, we are strengthening our communities and building a prosperous southern Ontario."

- The Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State for FedDev Ontario

"Our investment in the Heart Lake Conservation Area Wild Wetland Splash and Pool has attracted a high number of local residents to partake in healthy and active recreational activities. This modern facility demonstrates the Government of Canada's continued commitment to the well-being of families and communities by investing in southern Ontario."

- Parm Gill, Member of Parliament for Brampton-Springdale

"Toronto and Region Conservation Authority would like to thank FedDev Ontario for their investment in the Heart Lake Conservation Area Wild Wetland Splash and Pool. Through the RInC program we are able to develop and position this wonderful eco-friendly water play facility to enhance tourism in the region and to encourage families to get active in a natural environment."

- Derek Edwards, Director, Parks and Culture, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority

Associated Links

Toronto and Region Conservation Authority

Recreational Infrastructure Canada Program in Ontario

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