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Beeton Arena replacement top priority for ICIP Ontario grant

Posted September 23, 2019

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 about $50 million in total project cost, including new build / construction projects; larger scale renovation or expansion of existing facilities. And
  • 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 community squares)
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 funding.

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.

Click to read the ICIP program guidelines

All stories, unless otherwise noted,
by Tony Veltri