Today, the Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of International Development and Minister responsible for the Pacific Economic Development Agency of Canada, and Her Worship Nicole Minions, Mayor of the Town of Comox, announced a joint investment of more than $485,000 to modernize the Comox Community Centre.
Through this investment, the Centre will become more energy efficient and emit less greenhouse gases (GHGs). Gas-fired domestic hot water heating systems will be upgraded to more energy efficient electric heat pumps. Existing inefficient lighting will be upgraded to LED technology producing increased lighting at a fraction of the cost. Gas-fired rooftop units, which are a type of heat, ventilation, and air conditioning unit typically used on a facility, will be upgraded to electric atmospheric heat pumps, thereby reducing GHG emissions. These upgrades will enable the Centre to reduce its energy consumption by an estimated 30% and its GHG emissions by approximately 29 tonnes.
The Comox Community Centre provides a variety of recreation and cultural programs to suit all lifestyles, ages, and interests. It is equipped with a fitness studio, a multi-purpose hall, a gymnasium, and meeting rooms. The Town’s goal is to achieve near net-zero emissions by 2030 and modernizing their Community Centre is the next step to making this goal a reality.
By investing in infrastructure, the Government of Canada is growing our country’s economy, increasing the resiliency of our communities, and improving the lives of Canadians.