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New Sports Complex Opens In Amherstburg

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New Sports Complex Opens In Amherstburg

McGuinty Government Investing In Community Infrastructure, Creating Jobs

Office of the Premier

People of all ages and abilities in southwestern Ontario now have a new recreation complex where they can meet, play and compete.

Premier Dalton McGuinty joined the people of Amherstburg at the grand opening of the United Communities Credit Union Complex. He thanked them for their efforts to build the new complex. Projects like this are an important part of the government's plan to create jobs and grow the economy.

Ontario and the Government of Canada invested $15.7 million in the project under the Building Canada Fund - Communities Component. The Town of Amherstburg contributed nearly $5.9 million and $2.2 million came from community fundraising.

Every night will be hockey night in Amherstburg at the new recreation complex. It features two ice pads, a practice rink, a soccer field with walking track and a large community room. Outdoors there are two baseball diamonds with one diamond specially designed so children with walkers and wheelchairs can get around the bases easier.

Ontario is also making it a little easier for parents to get their children involved in sports, arts and other activities at community centres with the Children's Activity Tax Credit to help offset activity costs for families.

Quick Facts

  • Ontario is making record investments in infrastructure. In total, over 700 infrastructure stimulus projects were completed in 2010, helping to create jobs and boost local economies.
  • NHL players from Essex County include Kevin Westgarth, Kyle Wellwood and recently retired veteran Aaron Ward.
  • Amherstburg is also gearing up for 1812 bicentennial celebrations.

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“By investing in our communities, we're supporting construction jobs today while building a wonderful legacy all across Ontario. The people of Amherstburg have worked hard to make this day a reality and they have a lot to be proud of.”

Dalton McGuinty

Premier of Ontario

“Thanks to the hard work of Ontarians, all our citizens regardless of age, gender or ability now have the chance to meet, play and compete with each other. The people of Amherstburg have heart, big time.”

Bruce Crozier

MPP, Essex



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