New Indoor Turf Complex In Sault Ste. Marie
McGuinty Government Supports Infrastructure Development In The North
Construction of the West End Community Centre will boost Sault Ste. Marie's tourism sector, create jobs and economic opportunities, and support local youth sports.
With assistance from the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC), the city will build the new state-of-the-art centre, creating an expected 117 construction jobs as well as staffing opportunities. The facilities will include two indoor soccer fields, help attract national and international sporting events, and provide a venue for festivals and conventions.
Construction of the centre will start in the new year and will be completed in time for the city to host the Canadian Adult Recreational Hockey Association World Cup in March 2012. Drawing more than 120 teams from countries around the world, the event is expected to generate an estimated $15 million in economic impacts for the community.
This project is part of the government's Open Ontario plan to create jobs and economic opportunities in Northern Ontario.
- The Government of Ontario is providing $1.5 million to this project under the NOHFC's Infrastructure and Community Development Program.
- Sault Ste. Marie has one of the fastest growing soccer communities in Ontario. The participation rate in Sault Amateur Soccer Association (SASA) programs has increased by 7.3 per cent between 2001 to 2006, almost double the growth rate in Ontario Soccer Association programs over the same period.
“Provincial support of $1.5 million toward building a brand new West End Community Centre, which will include two indoor soccer fields and the Korah Library will be a great benefit to a broad range of residents in Sault Ste. Marie. Our government is committed to investing in important infrastructure projects in the Sault because they create short and long-term jobs and help to improve the quality of life for everyone.”
“Developing northern communities through infrastructure investments is just one way the McGuinty government is strengthening the region and creating new jobs in the North.”