Federal funding to help revitalize the Wolfe Island Community Hall
I am very pleased that the Township of Frontenac Islands will be receiving federal funding for a project to restore and modernize the historic Wolfe Island Community Hall. Before the final decision was announced, I had the opportunity to speak with Minister Gary Goodyear (Federal Economic Development for Southern Ontario) about the merits of this application.
You can read the full press release put out by FedDev Ontario here.
The investment will go towards modernizing the 156 year old community hall, and will include: improvements to energy efficiency by upgrading wiring and insulation, and installation of an accessible entrance and washroom. The federal government will contribute $53,350, covering half of the total project cost of $106,700. The remainder will be funded by the Township of Frontenac Islands. The renovations are set to take place between June 6, 2016 and November 14, 2016.
The funding was granted through the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program. FedDev Ontario – the regional development agency responsible for administering the program in southern Ontario – received over 1,100 applications from municipalities, not-for-profit organizations, First Nation governments and other community stakeholders. Projects were assessed on several criteria, including: project scope, project readiness, extent to which other funding was leveraged and links to Canada’s 150th anniversary.
Congratulations once again to the Township of Frontenac Islands for their hard work in bringing this project together!