Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario

Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario

July 28, 2014 13:00 ET

Minister Gary Goodyear and MP Stella Ambler Celebrate Completion of Two Community Infrastructure Improvement Projects in Mississauga

MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - July 28, 2014) - Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario
(FedDev Ontario)

Today, Minister Gary Goodyear, accompanied by local MP Stella Ambler, visited the revitalized trails and pedestrian bridge at Rattray Marsh Conservation Area, followed by the newly rehabilitated Don McLean Westacres Outdoor Pool, in Mississauga, Ontario. Both upgraded facilities are now re-opened for public use and have improved accessibility and safety features to enhance the experience for users of all ages and abilities.

Through the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund, the Credit Valley Conservation Foundation received an investment of $35,938 toward total project costs of $91,870. The funding was used to improve and repair existing trails; remove the old bridge; and install a new pre-fabricated bridge. The Rattray Marsh Conservation Area project is part of the Credit Valley Conservation Foundation's plans to restore the Mississauga shoreline.

Also through the Fund, the City of Mississauga received an investment of $990,000 toward total project costs of more than $4 million. The funding was used to improve and replace several components of the outdoor pool, including the pool tank and filtration system. This project also included the redevelopment of the pool building, and the creation of additional change rooms and public space.

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

  • In Ontario, 430 projects were approved under the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund, including tourism facilities, community centres, libraries and recreational facilities.
  • First announced in Economic Action Plan 2012, the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund was a national short-term economic stimulus program that provided $150 million for the repair, rehabilitation and improvement of community infrastructure facilities across the country.
  • 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.


"FedDev Ontario's investments, made through the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund, have enhanced the Rattray Marsh Conservation Area and Don McLean Westacres Outdoor Pool. 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

"The improvements made at Rattray and in Applewood will improve the quality of life for families in our community. The bridge is enjoyed by residents all year 'round and the pool is fully accessible, which means that everyone can enjoy the new Don McLean Westacres Pool. I'm delighted that our federal government contributed through the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund."

- Stella Ambler, Member of Parliament for Mississauga South

Associated Links

Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund Program

Credit Valley Conservation Foundation

City of Mississauga - Aquatics

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