Canada and Ontario Invest in Recreation Infrastructure

Joint funding helps maintain local facilities, including in Oxford

 WOODSTOCK — Across the country, Canadians are feeling the impacts of COVID-19 on their families, their livelihoods, and their way of life. Together, the governments of Canada and Ontario are taking decisive action to support families, businesses and communities to ensure community infrastructure is safe and reliable, while looking ahead to see what more can be done in these unprecedented times.

On Friday, our governments announced joint funding for six community and recreation infrastructure projects in Central and Northern Ontario, including one project in Oxford. The Township of Blandford-Blenheim will receive up to $75,457 in joint funding toward the cost of construction of new fences and rehabilitation of Plattsville baseball field. The township will also contribute a share of the total cost.

“This welcome investment in Oxford will help revitalize the baseball field at Plattsville and increase the safety for players and their fans,” said Ernie Hardeman, MPP for Oxford. “It’s my hope more people will take advantage of the facility to be physically active in the community.”

The Government of Canada is investing $707,915 in these projects through the Community, Culture, and Recreation Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program. The Government of Ontario is providing $589,870 for these projects, while recipients are contributing a combined $456,477 to their respective projects.

Among the projects announced are renovations and renewals of elevators at fitness and recreation centres, renovations of a heritage facility, and replacing a multi-use bridge.