Oxford to Receive Funding for Recreational Upgrades

Woodstock, ON — Oxford will benefit from joint federal and provincial funding to improve community recreational infrastructure, announced today under the Recreational Infrastructure Canada program in Ontario (RInC Ontario) and Recreation Ontario (Ontario REC).

These projects will provide stimulus to the local economy through investments that will spur construction activity related to recreational infrastructure. Improving recreational facilities and services will also encourage higher levels of participation in physical activity and community building.
“Recreational facilities are essential social and athletic hubs in our communities. They bring us together as families, friends and neighbours to have fun and to stay active,” said Dave MacKenzie MP for Oxford and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Safety. “By investing in these types of projects, our government is investing in the health and well-being of residents across Ontario.”

“Once again, by working together with all three levels of government, as citizens have come to expect, we are improving infrastructure, creating jobs and forming partnerships of mutual respect and co-operation”

“The Ontario government welcomes its partners to help create jobs during this difficult economic downturn.  Our communities need help to renew their infrastructure and together we’ll get that job done” said Dave Levac, MPP for Brant.

“We are excited, this is local identity issues, it is our main focus, it is projects that are central to our communities” said Mayor Don MacKay, East Zorra-Tavistock Township.

These projects are 13 of 758 projects announced today by Minister of State (Science and Technology) Gary Goodyear, on behalf of the Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Industry, and Ontario Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Leona Dombrowsky, on behalf of George Smitherman, Ontario Minister of Energy and Infrastructure, worth a total joint federal and provincial investment of more than $380 Million.

Approved projects were selected on the basis of merit and construction readiness.

A list of approved projects will be available on July 6, 2009, at www.rinc-on.ca.