Beeton Arena replacement top priority for ICIP Ontario grant
New Tecumseth council voted 6-4 this afternoon to make the
estimated $21 million multi-purpose recreation centre/arena in Beeton
the top priority in applying for a piece of the $727 million Canada
Infrastructure Program (ICIP) Ontario grant stream for parks,
recreation and cultural projects.
The ICIP is made up of a federal government commitment of $407
million (40 per cent) and Ontario
providing $320 million (33.33 per cent) over 10 years to successful
applications from across the province.
Eligible projects are in two categories:
a. Multi-Purpose Category with an individual project cap of
million in total project cost, including new build / construction
projects; larger scale renovation or expansion of existing facilities.
b. Rehabilitation and Renovation Category, small-scale
projects that would improve the condition of existing facilities with a
cap of $5 million. These include small-scale improvements to address
accessibility (e.g., hand rails, ramps, accessible
doors/parking/elevators, wayfinding and signage etc.). And, Small new
build / construction projects of recreation, cultural or community
centre infrastructure (e.g., playing fields, tennis courts, small
The replacement for Beeton arena is deemed to be furthest along in the
planning process of all the proposed 'big ticket' capital projects in
New Tecumseth, and the Town must now make its case to qualify for the
In addition to the Beeton project, councillors voted in favour of applying for a
dehumidifying system at Alliston Memorial Arena and upgrades to the
tennis courts in Alliston; the complete makeover of the washroom and
shower facilities at Tottenham Conservation Area; and repairing
electrical issues with the lights at Doner Diamond in Alliston.
Municipalities have until Nov. 12, 2019 by 11:59 pm to submit
their application and supporting documents. The projects themselves
approved for funding must be completed by March 31, 2027.