Don Rusnak

Your member of parliament for

Thunder Bay-Rainy River

Don Rusnak

Your member of parliament for

Thunder Bay-Rainy River


Northern Ontario Families and Communities Benefit from Improved Community Spaces for a Better Quality of Life

News Release

For Immediate Release

Northern Ontario Families and Communities Benefit from Improved Community Spaces for a Better Quality of Life.

167 projects supported across the North to enhance the vitality of communities and the health and well-being of residents

May 8th, 2018 – Sudbury, ON – Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario – FedNor

Investing in community and cultural infrastructure plays a key role in supporting dynamic and inclusive communities. These facilities provide communities with places where families can play, neighbours can gather, and Canadians can celebrate the many cultures that make up our great country.

Today, the Government of Canada is proud to highlight the results of its $10.4 million investment in Northern Ontario communities supporting the renovation, expansion and improvement of existing community and cultural infrastructure, including support to ensure a better future for Indigenous Peoples and promote a clean growth economy.

The funding supported 167 community projects, including upgrades to parks, playgrounds, recreation trails, community centres and cultural facilities in towns, cities and First Nations across the North.

In Thunder Bay-Rainy River, these projects were wide ranging, including funding for improvements to Thunder Bay’s Centennial Botanical Conservatory, the replacement of the roof at the Atikokan Recreation and Wellness Complex, the rehabilitation of the Fort Frances Museum and Cultural Centre, and the renovation of Rainy River First Nations’ Kay-Nah-Chi-Wah-Nung Historical Centre, amongst others. The full list of projects funded in Thunder Bay-Rainy River, and across the North, can be found here. 

Thanks to this federal support, Northern Ontario families now have safer places in which their children may play, socialize or exercise, while community centres and organizations are enhancing services and programming for recreational and cultural activities, as well as for special events. These community spaces support local economic activity, improve access to public spaces in Canadian neighbourhoods, and build strong and more inclusive communities.

The support for these projects was provided through Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program (CIP 150) in celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday and was delivered in Northern Ontario through FedNor. The CIP 150 came to a close on March 31, 2018.



“Our investments in community-building projects to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary have achieved tremendous results. We marked this milestone by improving the places that bring us together—the places that allow us to stay fit, unwind and connect with our friends and neighbours. In a country where people come from every corner of the world, these communal spaces allow us to establish the bonds of common understanding and friendship. As such, they truly embody the values of openness, diversity and inclusion that define all Canadians.”

The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, and Minister responsible for FedNor


“By investing in community spaces in Northern Ontario, we are making sure that our families have places where they can meet their neighbours and teach their children about the importance of community. Strong community bonds like these will play an important role as we continue to grow the economy in the North and develop the next generation of innovators and entrepreneurs in our region.”

Don Rusnak, Member of Parliament for Thunder Bay-Rainy River


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