Jeff Yurek, MPP Announces Support for Elgin-Middlesex-London Non-Profits in Responding to the Challenges of COVID-19

Published on January 12, 2022

ELGIN-MIDDLESEX-LONDON ― The Ontario government is providing close to $46 million to support 186 municipalities, Indigenous communities and non-profit tourism, culture, sport and recreation organizations experiencing significant pressures due to COVID-19, including nearly $500,000 for organizations in Elgin-Middlesex-London. Local allocations are as follows:

 

  • Kettle Creek Conservation Authority- $71,700 for retrofitting three docks at Lake Whittaker, which includes an accessible watercraft launch to provide greater access to the waterfront.
  • Municipality of Central Elgin- $425,000 for installing an accessible elevator, dehumidifier, evaporative condenser, and lighting to increase access and extend the life of its arena.

 

Funding through the Community Building Fund’s capital stream will help them complete much-needed sport and recreation facility infrastructure repairs, including retrofits and rehabilitation, to meet COVID-19 public health requirements. This will ensure that they can continue to provide programs and services vital to their communities once public health measures to combat the growing surge of the Omicron variant are lifted.

 

“Infrastructure like this is the bedrock of our community,” said MPP Yurek. “By helping these organizations weather the storm, we are ensuring people across Elgin-Middlesex-London will have the opportunity to safely reconnect with the many things that make this community special.”

 

In total, the province’s Community Building Fund is investing $105 million to support community arts and culture, heritage, tourism, sport and recreation organizations that are experiencing significant financial pressures due to COVID-19. The fund is administered by the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) through two streams: Operating and Capital. The Capital stream, which closed on September 29, 2021, is providing organizations across the province with support for:

  • Construction or renovation expenses, such as materials, labour for construction and/or installation.
  • Fixed equipment costs, such as large-scale fixed equipment for installation (examples include heating systems, exhaust and air conditioning systems).
  • Developmental costs or project management costs.

 

For a full list of Community Building Fund: Capital stream recipients, visit the Ontario Trillium Foundation’s website.

 

QUICK FACTS

  • The Ontario Trillium Foundation is an agency of the Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries, working to build healthy and vibrant communities across Ontario through investments of local grants to non-profit organizations. Its programs support the arts, culture, heritage, sports and recreation, human and social services, and environment sectors across the province.