The Ontario government will commit $29 million in provincial funding for the 2021 Canada Summer Games, which is set to be held right here in Niagara. Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport Lisa MacLeod came to Henley Island in August to announce this plan.
The funding will be used to build a series of new sports facilities for the Games, which will ensure the games leave a legacy in Niagara for decades after they have come and gone.
“I’m going to say this once and for all; this will be built,” said MacLeod.
When asked for comment, Doug Hamilton, Chairman of the 2021 Canada Summer Games Host Society noted the funding provided will not only support the Games, but the community in future, as well.
“We are elated that the provincial government has committed their support for additional infrastructure funding for the 2021 Canada Games,” said Hamilton. “New facilities will enable us to provide a phenomenal experience and leave a transformative legacy for our entire community to enjoy for many years to come.”
The provincial funding will go towards the following projects: new facilities at the Canada Games Park in Thorold, the Henley Rowing Centre in St. Catharines, baseball diamonds in Niagara Falls and Welland, softball fields in Grimsby, West Lincoln and Wainfleet and cycling course upgrades.
Brock President Gervan Fearon said the funding announcement is wonderful news for supporting the success of this major development and event in the Niagara region.
“Brock is an enthusiastic community partner in the region-wide effort to successfully host this event showcasing Canada’s excellence in sports and athleticism right here in the Niagara region,” said Fearon. “Besides providing significant university land that will house the athletic and research facilities of Canada Games Park, which has significant value, [Brock] University will also contribute $3.5 million in-kind through the use of Brock facilities as the athletes village during the Games, as well as a $500,000 financial contribution.”
According to a news release from the provincial government, the project is now awaiting federal approval under the Investing in Canadian Infrastructure Program to receive a matching investment from the federal government.
The provincial government made it clear that they are urging the federal government to approve the project to ensure that it can be completed in time for the Games. Until then, however, it is just a waiting game.