Filomena Tassi, Minister responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario) announced a total investment of nearly $7.5 million for 31 projects across the Golden Horseshoe, including Hamilton, Halton, Haldimand-Norfolk and Brant. The money comes from the Canada Community Revitalization Fund (CCRF) and the Tourism Relief Fund (TRF).
The announcement was hosted by the Dundas Valley School of Art, which received a non-repayable contribution of over $50,000 to upgrade its outdoor space with a butterfly and native species garden, seating and covering for shade.
Other winners were:
- Cobalt Connects Creativity will get $500,000 to broaden the scale and scope of Hamilton Winterfest, including food and art programs.
- Hamilton Halton Brant Regional Tourism Association are getting $500,000 to create Indigenous and culinary focused tourism experiences with the Indigenous Culinary Experiences Pilot Project. $500,000
- Art Gallery Of Hamilton will receive $750,000 to update the existing lobby, improve audible accessibility and install accessible elevators. $750,000
- Conservation Halton will receive $840,000 to install solar, low-voltage lights along 2.5 kilometres of trail and parking areas in Kelso, enhance Mountsberg Park by upgrading the park’s Cameron courtyard to improve accessibility, create additional and accessible outdoor gathering and venue space at Kelso Quarry Lake including installation of a multi-purpose dock and lookout and to modernize the open space at Conservation Halton Headquarters including permeable paths and parking areas.
- Hamilton Olympic Club was awarded $292,500 to Install accessible outdoor spectator bleachers and shade structure at Hamilton’s Ray Lewis Track and Field Centre.
- Green Venture will receive $111,600 to replace pavement in three sites in the historical shopping area of Barton Village with the creation of accessible green spaces.
- The Workers Arts and Heritage Centre received a non-repayable contribution of $75,000 to renovate the heritage-listed “Custom House” to be more accessible and energy efficient.
- YMCA of Hamilton/ Burlington/ Brantford will use $561,112 to complete rooftop restoration, roof replacements, window replacements and other ductwork at the Les Chater YMCA and Flamborough YMCA.
- YWCA Hamilton will receive $576,000 to build the YWCA Hamilton Women’s Drop-in Space. $576,000
- Kiwanis Homes Inc. will construct an accessible public parkette on Sanford Avenue North in Hamilton with seating and shade/rain structures with its grant of $235,826
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