Ontario Construction News staff writer
The Armenian Community Centre of Toronto is being expanded and upgraded with $1.7 million from the federal government and $1.4 million from the province.
Also, the centre will contribute $1.1 million.
The project involves a 15,479 sq. ft. expansion of the existing facility which will include six multi-purpose rooms, a music room, common room, and a robotics lab. Additional improvements include: an expanded gathering lounge; a larger entrance to the facility; new, accessible universal washrooms; more storage; and renovations of the gymnasium floor and HVAC system.
Once complete, the Armenian Community Centre of Toronto will become a more comprehensive, multi-purpose community hub offering a wider range of programming.
“The Armenian Community Centre of Toronto is more than a landmark in the city; it is a treasured recreational gathering place in the community to celebrate Armenian culture and heritage. Today’s announcement demonstrates Ontario’s commitment to investing in infrastructure projects that promise to improve quality of life, support our communities, and attract jobs that will boost our economy,” said Don Valley North MPP Vincent Ke.
Through the Investing in Canada plan, the federal government is investing more than $180 billion over 12 years in public transit projects, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, trade and transportation routes, and Canada’s rural and northern communities.
Over the next 10 years, the Government of Ontario is investing approximately $320 million across the province and the federal government is investing approximately $407 million in Ontario under the Community, Culture and Recreation Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program. This stream supports the construction of new facilities and upgrades to existing facilities that improve community infrastructure (e.g. community centres, libraries), and support upgrades to recreational venues (e.g. arenas, and both indoor and outdoor recreational spaces) and cultural spaces (e.g. theatres, museums
“In partnership with the federal and provincial governments, the Armenian Youth Centre expansion project will create much-needed additional recreational and cultural facilities for our local community, helping us support new programs and services, and enabling us to build a stronger and safer future for our community,” said Sevag Khoshian, president, Armenian Community Centre of Toronto.