PARRY SOUND-MUSKOKA — Four community centres will receive more than $1,272,000 from the province for facility upgrades.

The funding is a part of the Community Building Fund’s Capital stream, administered by the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

In Parry Sound-Muskoka, the local recipients are as follows:

  • The Township of Lake of Bays is receiving $500,000 over 12 months to upgrade the refrigeration system in the community centre to be more efficient and environmentally-friendly, which will extend the life of the facility.
  • The Township of Strong is receiving $500,000 over 12 months to address a community need by replacing the rink floor and dasher boards to improve the safety of the arena.
  • The Town of Parry Sound is receiving $240,000 over 12 months to replace seven heating, ventilation, and air conditioning units in the community centre to improve air quality and circulation.
  • The Bracebridge Senior Citizens Centennial Club is receiving $32,100 over six months to help respond to the public health requirements by installing an air exchanger system that will improve ventilation and air circulation, making the building safer for all.

“These grants will provide municipalities and not-for-profit organizations with crucial funding so they can adapt to the pressures of the pandemic and continue to contribute to the wellbeing of our communities,” said MPP Norman Miller.

The Ontario government is providing close to $46 million to support 186 municipalities, Indigenous communities, and non-profit sport and recreation organizations.

The Bracebridge Seniors’ Centre is one of four community centres in the riding receiving facilities funding through the Trillium Foundation. Their share is $32,000 for an air exchanger.