Government of Canada Invests $100,000 to Improve Batchewana First Nation’s Rankin Arena

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Rankin Arena, Google Streetview.

The Government of Canada’s $100,000 investment in the Rankin Arena will help Batchewana First Nation reduce the operational costs of its sports complex. Assisting with upgrades to the facility’s refrigeration unit and lighting, the funded enhancements are designed to save energy.

Terry Sheehan, Member of Parliament for Sault Ste. Marie, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, and Minister responsible for FedNor, today announced the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program investment. The arena is used throughout the year by its First Nation members and the City of Sault Ste. Marie to host cultural events and celebrations, as well as sports tournaments.

The Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program (CIP 150) funding, delivered in Northern Ontario through FedNor, is part of the Government of Canada’s coordinated approach to mark the 150th anniversary of Confederation. These investments across Canada will help create jobs, boost economic activity, strengthen communities, and celebrate Canada’s rich heritage and history.

Quick facts

· Canada CIP 150 is designed to leave a lasting legacy by supporting the rehabilitation or improvement of existing community infrastructure assets and facilities across the country that promote community and cultural benefits for the public.

· FedNor is delivering this program in Northern Ontario with an allocation of $10.4 million over two years, ending March 31st, 2018.

Quotes

“On behalf of the members of the Batchewana First Nation, I would like to thank the Government of Canada for its investment, through FedNor, to address a key infrastructure issue with the Rankin Arena. It’s the focal point of our community where we host a number of cultural events, including pow-wows and Aboriginal Day celebrations.”, Dean Sayers, Chief, Batchewana First Nations

“The Government of Canada recognizes the importance of investing to help Indigenous communities, such as Batchewana First Nation, improve key public buildings for the benefit of their residents. This funding will not only improve the rink’s ice conditions, the upgrades’ anticipated cost savings will ensure the long-term sustainability of the facility so that residents can use it for years to come.”, said the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, and Minister responsible for FedNor.

“I’m pleased to see that today’s investment will help improve conditions at the Rankin Arena, an important community venue which is heavily used by area residents. Thanks to these enhancements, the facility will continue to serve an important community role.”, Terry Sheehan, Member of Parliament for Sault Ste. Marie.

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