Government Invests $100,000 to Revitalize Thunder Bay’s Columbus Centre

THUNDER BAY, ON  –  FedNor – The Government of Canada is investing $100,000 to complete vital infrastructure upgrades to the aquatics facility at the Fort William Columbus Centre in Thunder Bay. Operated by the local Knights of Columbus who invest more than 30,000 volunteer hours annually, the centre has been an important community hub since 1977.

“Our government recognizes that community facilities and spaces promote health and wellness, and improve quality of life in all regions of our country. CIP 150 continues to enable communities to restore and upgrade facilities that help bring together Canadians of all ages.” The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, and Minister responsible for FedNor

Don Rusnak, Member of Parliament for Thunder Bay—Rainy River, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, and Minister responsible for FedNor, today announced this Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program (CIP 150) investment. Specifically, the funding will help extend the life of the aquatics facility and improve accessibility to the swimming pool area through capital upgrades, as well as support the replacement of the facility’s roof.

“Investing in local infrastructure helps promote community and cultural benefits for the public. This Government of Canada investment in the Fort William Columbus Centre will greatly improve and strengthen this important community asset so area residents can continue to live active lives and get involved in community activities.” Don Rusnak, Member of Parliament for Thunder Bay—Rainy River

“On behalf of the Columbus Centre and the people of Thunder Bay, I would like to thank Minister Bains and MP Rusnak for this investment. This facility is a key recreational venue for area residents of all ages, and it serves an important role as a community gathering place.” Louis Romito, Grand Knight, Knights of Columbus Council 1447, and Head of Public Relations, Columbus Centre

Quick facts

  • CIP 150 is part of the Government of Canada’s coordinated approach to mark the 150th anniversary of Confederation. These investments across Canada will help create jobs, boost economic activity, strengthen communities, and celebrate Canada’s rich heritage and history.
  • FedNor is delivering this program in Northern Ontario with an allocation of $10.4 million over two years, ending March 31st, 2018.

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