In partnership with the YMCA of Greater Toronto, the governments of Canada, Ontario and the City of Toronto announced joint funding for the construction of the Bridletowne Neighbourhood Centre of Community in Scarborough
“The Bridletowne Neighbourhood Centre of Community will be a shining example of our commitment to engaging people of all ages – in their own health and well-being as well as that of their community,” said Medhat Mahdy, president and CEO, YMCA of Greater Toronto.
The Government of Canada is investing more than $26.7 million in this project through the Community, Culture and Recreation Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada plan. The Government of Ontario is providing more than $22.3 million, while the YMCA of Greater Toronto is contributing over $14.8 million and United Way Greater Toronto is providing more than $3 million. The City of Toronto will contribute $9.8 million for investments that are not covered under the ICIP program and includes $5.942 million towards the purchase of land, and $3.9 million in capital funding for the new child care centre.
“Federal funding for the construction of the Bridletowne Neighbourhood Centre means that residents will have access to modern health and fitness facilities, accessible programming, childcare, and after-school programming that families and residents can enjoy for years to come,” stated Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities.
The project will see the construction of a new 82,440 square feet building in the Bridletowne Neighbourhood, with spaces for community, youth, and fitness programming including space for United Way agencies. Approximately 68,652 square feet will be used by the YMCA of Greater Toronto as a Centre of Community to house health and fitness facilities, including a pool and gymnasium; licensed child care from infant to preschool as well as before-and-after school programming; community space; and offer a variety of programming for people of all ages. United Way will have a dedicated space of 13,788 square feet for community agencies to directly assist local community members.
“After years of hard work by all levels of government and stakeholders, I am looking forward to seeing shovels in the ground as this project moves forward,” said Nick Mantas, City of Toronto Councillor for Scarborough–Agincourt,
This facility will allow the YMCA of Greater Toronto, United Way Greater Toronto, and other partners to reduce existing service gaps in the community by connecting fragmented services and enhancing access to programs and services for those in the Bridletowne Community and surrounding area.
“The Steeles L’Amoreaux community is a strong diverse, vibrant area of our city that is in great need of a community centre,” added Toronto Mayor John Tory.
Featured image: Rendering of the future Bridletowne Neighbourhood Centre of Community in Scarborough. (YMCA of Greater Toronto)