Infrastructure Canada

Infrastructure Canada

June 08, 2013 14:00 ET

State-of-the-art Ajax Recreation Centre Has Something for Everyone

LEED Silver certification made possible thanks to Gas Tax Fund transfer

AJAX, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - June 8, 2013) - A new recreational, social and cultural facility in Ajax will give families, residents and visitors access to high-quality sports and recreation opportunities to stay fit and healthy, while having fun. With 55,000 square feet of space for indoor fun and 56 acres of outdoor parkland, the new Audley Recreation Centre truly has something for everyone.

"Our government is proud to invest in a project like the Audley Recreation Centre. This fantastic new community hub will be a place where all Ajax residents can come together to learn, work, and play," said Chris Alexander, Member of Parliament for Ajax-Pickering and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Defence, on behalf of the Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec and Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs. "Our government's infrastructure investments through the Gas Tax Fund transfer will continue to generate economic growth and job creation here in Ajax and across Canada for years to come."

The state-of-the-art new recreation center features a 25-metre six-lane pool, warmer water teaching pool, full-size gymnasium, fitness and dance studio, and a community and preschool room. Outdoors, people can enjoy an inclusive playground, a lit concrete skate park, splash pad, walking trails, multi-use courts, and special event space.

The Government of Canada contributed $2 million from the federal Gas Tax Fund transfer to this project. The Gas Tax Fund contribution was used for a number of elements including bicycle storage, storm water management, water efficient landscaping, optimized energy performance, energy recovery ventilators, condensing water heaters, occupancy sensors, enhanced glazing, shade fins, a solarwall, solar hot water, a green building education plan, and low mercury lamps to achieve LEED Silver Certification of the new centre.

The federal Gas Tax Fund provides long-term funding to municipalities across the country to build and revitalize their local infrastructure. The Government of Canada has invested over $10 billion to date in municipal infrastructure through this program, and passed legislation to make it a permanent transfer of $2 billion per year. As part of Economic Action Plan 2013, the Government committed to index the Gas Tax Fund to provide additional funding for communities going forward. Between 2010 and 2014, the Town of Ajax will receive more than $11 million from the Gas Tax Fund transfer to improve local infrastructure.

For additional information about federal investments in infrastructure and to stay up-to-date with Web feeds, visit Infrastructure Canada.

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Contact Information

  • Marie-Josee Paquette, Press Secretary
    Office of the Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and
    Communities, Minister of the Economic Development
    Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec,
    and Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs

    Infrastructure Canada
    613-960-9251 or toll-free 1-877-250-7154