Today, the Honourable Filomena Tassi, Federal Minister of Labour and Member of Parliament for Hamilton West-Ancaster-Dundas, on behalf of the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Federal Minister of Infrastructure and Communities; Bob Bratina, Member of Parliament for Hamilton East-Stoney Creek; Donna Skelly, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade and Member of Provincial Parliament for Flamborough-Glanbrook, on behalf of the Honourable Laurie Scott, Ontario’s Minister of Infrastructure; and His Worship Fred Eisenberger, Mayor, City of Hamilton, announced joint funding to support three culture and recreation infrastructure improvement projects in the City of Hamilton.
The Government of Canada is investing more than $3.1 million in these projects through the Community, Culture and Recreation Infrastructure Stream (CCRIS) of the Investing in Canada plan. The Government of Ontario is providing more than $2.5 million, with the recipients contributing more than $1.8 million total toward their respective projects.
This joint funding will support improvements to three facilities. The Ancaster Fairgrounds will benefit from the addition of a new 75,000 square foot building to accommodate larger agriculture events, as well as fairs and concerts. The new heated building will allow the Ancaster Agricultural Society to host quality events all year round, creating jobs, and supporting the local economy.
Funding will also support the construction of a 2,600 square foot addition to the Hamilton Children’s Museum, creating a larger and more accessible learning space. Dundas Valley School of Art will also benefit from faucets retrofitted with sensors to improve hygiene, energy efficient lighting, and upgraded HVAC systems, creating a safer, more accessible learning environment for students and staff.