Federal and provincial officials have announced funding for two sports and recreation infrastructure projects in Winnipeg and Neepawa.
Funding will be allocated to the purchase of a new, energy-efficient ice plant for the University of Manitoba’s Max Bell Centre at the university’s Fort Garry campus in Winnipeg, officials said in an Aug. 17 statement. This work is part of the Fort Garry District Energy Upgrade Project, announced in July 2021. The Government of Canada is contributing up to $363,200 and the University of Manitoba is contributing $544,800 towards eligible costs for the project.
In addition, the Government of Canada will also support the development of multi-use trails in Neepawa with an investment of up to $550,000. In the summer, the trails will be available for cycling and walking, and in the winter, the trails will be used for fat biking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. This project will provide more options for residents of Neepawa and the surrounding area to stay active and enjoy nature year-round. The Town of Neepawa is also contributing $137,500 towards eligible costs for the project.
“Our Government is proud to once again partner with the Manitoba government and the University of Manitoba on the Fort Garry District Energy Upgrade Project. Following the investment we made last year, this funding is one more step in transforming the Max Bell Centre into a sustainable, energy-efficient home for our UofM Bisons,” saidTerry Duguid, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, and member of Parliament for Winnipeg South, on behalf of the Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities