Ontario Construction News staff writer
The federal government has announced more than $12 million to support 33 tourism, community infrastructure and economic development projects in Peterborough, Northumberland and Kawartha Lakes.
“Today’s investments will help communities in Peterborough, Northumberland and Kawartha Lakes strengthen their public infrastructure and enhance their tourist attractions, while also driving resilient economic growth for the region and protecting jobs,” said Helena Jaczek, the minister responsible for the federal economic development agency for Southern Ontario.
One project that will receive funding is the Canadian Canoe Museum with $750,000 from the Tourism Relief Fund to create a 20,000-square foot exhibition hall.
The museum will create seven new exhibits showcasing diverse voices and perspectives from across the country, including Indigenous knowledge, languages, cultures and histories.
Established in 1997, the museum is moving to a five-acre site on Little Lake, where it visitors will have a connection to the Trans Canada Trail public parks.
“The Canadian Canoe Museum is honoured to be the recipient of this significant investment that will help create a new cultural and tourism destination on the Peterborough waterfront,” said Executive Director Carolyn Hyslop.
“This funding will contribute to the development of a brand-new suite of professionally designed exhibits that will be featured in our new museum’s 20,000 square foot Exhibition Hall. These exhibits will attract visitors from near and far to explore the canoe’s significance to Canada through diverse themes, perspectives and voices.”
Kawartha Ethanol also received federal funding – $2.5 million to expand, reach new markets and create permanent high-quality rural jobs.
“We appreciate FedDev Ontario’s support as we pivot our production to include health and manufacturing ingredients,” said general manager Steven Doeschate. “This support has assisted us in developing new innovations to retool and adopt technological changes to produce supplies for the health care and other sectors through the production of a variety of high grade industrial distilled alcohol product outputs that are in demand due to the COVID-19 pandemic and to support growing demands for products previously sourced in foreign markets.”
Funding was also granted to:
- Elmhirst Resort will use $100,000 to improve accessibility by redesigning its entrance, updating, installing an elevator and ramps.
- City of Kawartha Lakes received $750,000 to Improve downtown streetscapes on William Street North and South, Peel Street, York Street North, Kent Street West and Cambridge Street in Lindsay, Ontario.
- Northumberland County received over $566,000 to build community greenspace surrounding the new Northumberland County Archives and Museum and Golden Plough Lodge facilities.
- Municipality of Trent Hills received $600,000 to renovate Warkworth Arena and Community Centre to increase number of dressing rooms and improve accessibility of lobby and washrooms.