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Blackburn Arena to Benefit from Expansion and Renovation

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Blackburn Arena to Benefit from Expansion and Renovation

Ontario Enhancing Cultural and Recreational Services for Families

Ministry of Infrastructure

Ontario is enhancing community services and programs for people in Ottawa through a renovation and expansion of the Blackburn Arena. 

Marie-France Lalonde, MPP for Ottawa-Orléans, on behalf of Bob Chiarelli, Minister of Infrastructure, announced today that, through the 2018 Budget, the province is supporting improvements to the arena, including creating a multi-purpose space with an accessible entrance and updated dressing room facilities. Planned renovations and enhancements to the arena and community hub include:

  • A 6,700-square-foot expansion
  • New multipurpose space for community use
  • Enlargement of the main lobby
  • Shared space for recreational and cultural events.

The Blackburn Arena is part of a larger community hub that includes athletic facilities (fields, courts), a playground, community garden, public library, shopping centre and the ward councillor's local office. The project will help build an inclusive community by engaging seniors, veterans and youth, and bringing people together to improve their health and wellbeing.

Improving access to recreational and cultural services is part of the government's plan to support care, create opportunity and make life more affordable during this period of rapid economic change. The plan includes free prescription drugs for everyone under 25, and 65 or over, through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, and free preschool child care from 2 ½ to kindergarten.

Quick Facts

  • Ontario plans to invest up to $1 million from the 2018 Budget toward the total Blackburn Arena project cost of approximately $3.7 million.
  • Ontario is making the largest infrastructure investment in hospitals, schools, public transit, roads and bridges in the province’s history – $230 billion over 14 years. To learn more about what’s happening in your community, go to Ontario.ca/BuildON.
  • Community hubs provide the public with one central point of access for a range of services, such as health, social or education, along with cultural and recreational spaces to nourish community life. Each community hub is as unique as the community it serves.
  • Ontario recently signed a bilateral agreement with the federal government for $11.8 billion in infrastructure funding over the next 10 years, including $407 million for community, culture and recreation infrastructure. Under this agreement, the province will work with municipalities and other partners to assess projects for nomination and approval by the federal government.

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“Ontario is working to build an inclusive community with facilities that engage seniors, youth, athletes, students and professionals. The renovation and expansion of the Blackburn Arena will provide economic and social opportunities. It will also create jobs and improve a community hub that is focused on physical activity, health and wellness.”

Bob Chiarelli

Minister of Infrastructure

“This recreational, cultural and community centre will provide an excellent mix of services for Blackburn Hamlet, and the entire area, and I am thrilled that the government of Ontario is supporting such an important project with a commitment of $1 million in our 2018-2019 budget. Bringing to fruition these planned renovations and enhancements – this is the kind of community building we can all get behind. As a mother of a former goalie, I spent numerous hours in arenas and I know how essential having a modern facility is.”

Marie-France Lalonde

MPP for Ottawa-Orléans

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