Ontario Helps Keep Toronto Pools Open
McGuinty Government Investing In Toronto Pools For Community Use
Ontario will invest up to $15.8 million over the next two years, through the Toronto Lands Corporation, to implement necessary capital repairs, including renovations and upgrades for up to 32 Toronto District School Board (TDSB) pools and will help to make them more accessible for broader community use.
This investment supports the recommendations made by the Aquatic Working Group, led by David Crombie.
The province's funding is contingent on the TDSB's agreement to continue coverage of operational expenses. Other partners in the private sector and the City of Toronto will have a role to play to ensure that these pools remain open.
- Ontario announced on May 11, 2009, a contribution of $195 million to improve and enhance community recreation facilities across the province through the Ontario Recreation Program.
- The Aquatics Working Group, headed by former Toronto mayor David Crombie, was formed to evaluate the condition of 39 pools that had been slated for closure and to make recommendations on which pools were essential.
“Today's capital investment supports the McGuinty government's commitment to enhance sport and recreation facilities and their role in building the vitality and strength of communities.”
“We have always believed these pools are important community assets. I am glad to see that there remains an opportunity for these pools to continue to serve the citizens of Toronto.”