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Revitalizing St-Charles Community Centre

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St-Charles – Canadian cities and towns flourish when they have public community spaces for social and physical activities and where the public has access to recreational programs and facilities. In Northern Ontario and across Canada, these amenities are important to the overall well-being of individuals, families and communities.

Marc G. Serré, Member of Parliament for Nickel Belt and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Official Languages, announced a FedNor investment of $190,127 for upgrades to the St. Charles Community Centre that will increase building accessibility, safety and energy efficiency. The announcement was made on behalf of the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Indigenous Services and Minister responsible for FedNor.

Provided through the Canada Community Revitalization Fund (CCRF), the investment will allow the Municipality of St.-Charles to complete energy efficient updates to the local community centre such as installing a high efficiency furnace and upgrading insulation, windows, door and trims. The funding will also support accessibility enhancements to the kitchen, ticket booth and bar, including the addition of a fully accessible family washroom, installation of entrance ramps and a wheelchair lift for the stage. This investment will also be used to upgrade kitchen facilities, Wi-Fi and fire alarm systems and install a digital events sign.

The CCRF was launched in June 2021, and provides $500 million over two years to Canada’s regional development agencies to invest in shared and inclusive public spaces. As public health restrictions ease due to the pandemic, the Government of Canada remains committed to investing in shared spaces to make them safer, greener and more accessible. This, in turn, will stimulate local economies, create jobs, and improve the quality of life for Canadians.

“Together we are working with communities across Northern Ontario to enhance our public spaces and facilities. Through FedNor, we are investing more than $190,000 in the St.-Charles Community Centre as they make environmental and accessibility updates, ensuring this recreational hub is a space for all members of their community to enjoy.” – Patty Hajdu, Minister of Indigenous Services and Minister responsible for FedNor