Upgrades coming to the community complex in Kirkland Lake

Ontario Construction News staff writer

The Joe Mavrinac Community Complex in Kirkland Lake will become accessible and environmentally friendly with more than $2.4 million from the federal government’s Green and Inclusive Community Buildings program. The Town of Kirkland Lake will contribute about $600,000 to the project.

“The Joe Mavrinac Community Complex is an incredible part of the district and I am proud that we were able to support a project that will help it cut costs, become more environmentally friendly, welcome more people, and ensure that it can continue serving the community for years to come,” said Sean Fraser, Minister of Housing, Infrastructure and Communities.

Boilers, ventilation and compressor systems will be upgraded and accessibility improvements include grab bars and wider automated doors.

The complex is a recreational and sport hub for the Timiskaming District, with gyms, an ice rink, a pool, a squash court and community rooms.

“We are thrilled about the substantial investment from the federal government aimed at enhancing energy efficiency and accessibility at the Joe Mavrinac Community Complex,” said Mayor Stacy Wight. “Since its construction in 1978, the Complex has served as a cornerstone for social, physical, and mental well-being.

“This investment is fundamental in ensuring its continued role in developing community vitality for generations to come, while also exemplifying our commitment to sustainability and responsible use of resources.”

Changes are expected to reduce the facility’s energy consumption by an estimated 28% and greenhouse gas emissions by 177 tonnes annually.

Through green and other upgrades to existing public community buildings and new builds in underserved communities, the GICB program helps ensure community facilities are inclusive, accessible, and have a long service life, while also helping Canada move towards its net-zero objectives by 2050.

The program is providing $1.5 billion over five years towards green and accessible retrofits, repairs or upgrades. At least 10 percent of funding is allocated to projects serving First Nations, Inuit, and Métis communities, including Indigenous populations in urban centres.


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