The Government of Canada and the City of London, announced over $2.1 million in federal funding for green infrastructure improvements to the Kinsmen Recreation Centre.

“Making our buildings greener is an essential step towards building stronger communities and protecting our environment. This investment from our government will allow the Kinsmen Recreation Centre to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions and save money on heating costs, ensuring that this cherished facility can continue to serve Londoners for years to come,”  said Peter Fragiskatos, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Revenue and MP for London North Centre.

For nearly 70 years, the Kinsmen Recreation Centre has been a central community place where Londoners can meet, learn, skate, and have fun. Federal funding will support deep retrofits to the facility to help make it more energy efficient. Improvements will include the expansion and renewal of the existing building automation system, construction of a new central heat pump plant for reusing residual heat, electric charging infrastructure to support electric mobility devices and an electric ice resurfacer, and LED lighting fixtures. Once complete, the retrofits will reduce the facility’s energy consumption by an estimated 46.5% and greenhouse gas emissions by 168 tonnes annually. These upgrades will also make the renewed recreation centre more resilient to extreme heat and weather.

“Kinsmen Recreation Centre is an important focal point of recreation activities for residents of the community, offering a diverse array of programs for all age groups. Not only will visitors and user groups benefit from new improvements to this building, but the project will allow the City to decrease greenhouse gas emissions, improve London’s resilience to the impacts of climate change and accelerate our path towards net-zero emissions,” said Josh Morgan, Deputy Mayor of the City of London.

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The Government of Canada is investing over $2.1 million through the Green and Inclusive Community Buildings (GICB) program.

Featured image: (City of London)

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