The Government of Canada announced that the residents of Laval and the surrounding area will have a new place to meet and enjoy their favorite activities, thanks to a joint investment of $25 million by the federal government and the Hellenic Community of Greater Montreal to support the construction of a new energy-efficient community centre in the heart of the Chomedey district.

The federal government is investing $10,000,000 in this project under the Green and Inclusive Community Buildings (GICB) program, and the Hellenic Community of Greater Montreal is contributing $15,000,000.

“Community buildings are at the heart of Canadian cities and municipalities. The funds announced today will go towards the construction of a new, modern, energy-efficient complex where Laval residents can come together to move, socialize and play. The construction of new, environmentally-friendly buildings will help Canadians create healthier, more vibrant communities, while helping to build a greener, more sustainable future for generations to come,” said Sean Fraser, Minister of Housing, Infrastructure and Communities.

The new community complex will include a sports complex with a double gymnasium, a theatre with a stage, space for social services, a library, offices and conference rooms. A large-scale photovoltaic system integrated into the building, together with state-of-the-art heat pumps, will also enable the building to produce and obtain renewable energy, with zero carbon emissions.

“Today’s 10 million dollar investment is not only an investment that will help our Hellenic community thrive for many years to come, but it is also an investment in the future of our planet. This future energy-efficient community centre ensures that every step we take going forward will also be a step towards a greener, more resilient community for future generations,” said Emmanuella Lambropoulos, MP for Saint-Laurent.

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This state-of-the-art eco-energy and net-zero carbon infrastructure will further enhance citizens’ awareness of sustainable development, while strengthening the community’s climate resilience.

“The new state-of-the-art, solar-powered community centre will benefit not only the Hellenic community, but all Laval residents. It embodies the latest technology in solar energy and carbon-neutral emissions. Not only does it strengthen our resilience in the face of ever-changing climatic conditions, but it will also contribute to Laval’s landscape in harmony with the environment, offering many people a rich cultural experience to enjoy,” said Dr. George Tsoukas, Chairman of the Board of the Hellenic Community of Greater Montreal.

Featured image: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau making an announcement at the Hellenic Community of Greater of Montreal Mar. 26, 2024. (Government of Canada)

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