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Ontario Supporting New Community Centre at Downsview Park

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Ontario Supporting New Community Centre at Downsview Park

Province Creating Recreational Opportunities for Families

Ministry of Infrastructure

Ontario is helping to create healthy, vibrant public spaces for individuals and families in Toronto by supporting the development of a new community centre at Downsview Park. 

Through the 2018 Budget, the province is supporting the creation of the William Baker Neighbourhood Community Centre at Downsview Park—a recreational and community centre in North York. Planned features include:

  • Multi-purpose space, pool, gymnasium
  • Dance/fitness rooms
  • Multi-media studio
  • Café
  • Meeting and recreational rooms
  • Administrative space

The new community centre will provide valuable cultural benefits and recreational facilities to help the Downsview community thrive. This project will increase the number of recreational programs and services in the area, which has a shortage of accessible green and recreational spaces.

Improving access to recreational and community 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 $16 million toward the total William Baker Neighbourhood Community Centre. The project has an estimated total cost of $47 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.
  • Ontario recently signed a bilateral agreement with the federal government for $11.8 billion in federal 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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“Facilities like the William Baker Neighbourhood Community Centre provide extremely important recreational and cultural benefits for communities. This project will bring jobs, economic, and social opportunities to the area, while increasing the number of recreational services that will support and enrich the community.”

Bob Chiarelli

Minister of Infrastructure



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