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From: Infrastructure Canada

Ottawa, Ontario, November 15, 2022— Today, the Honourable Steven MacKinnon, Chief Government Whip and Member of Parliament for Gatineau and Tosha Rhodenizer, Chief Executive Officer of the RA Centre, announced $2.39 million in funding for energy improvements to the RA Centre in Ottawa.

“The Green and Inclusive Community Buildings program promotes the use of innovative, clean solutions to help Canada adapt to a greener, low-carbon economy,” said the Honourable David McGuinty, Member of Parliament for Ottawa South, on behalf of the Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities. “Retrofits to the RA Centre will reduce the facility’s energy usage and lower greenhouse gas emissions, allowing the Centre to provide accessible recreational programs in a modern green facility. Our Government will continue to work with its provincial, territorial, and municipal partners to invest in local community infrastructure, promote climate action, and build more resilient and inclusive communities.”

“The RA is very excited to be the recipient of Infrastructure Canada’s Green and Inclusive Community Buildings Grant announced by the Honorable Steven MacKinnon,” said Tosha Rhodenizer, Chief Executive Officer, RA Centre. “The $2.39-million grant combined with the expertise of our partners will transform and modernize critical infrastructure in the RA Centre resulting in a reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by over 40% and will also introduce green technologies creating a campus more resilient to an ever-changing climate. The RA Centre is proud to be leading and supporting the initiatives of the Green and Inclusive Community Buildings Grant in the Ottawa area in alignment with the Government of Canada’s climate goals.”

Through its programming, the RA Centre offers various recreational opportunities to residents of all ages and abilities in the community. Improvements to the facility’s energy and heating systems will allow the RA Centre to reduce its energy usage and consumption by an estimated 20.8%, and greenhouse gas emissions by 364 tonnes annually. The project is designed according to sustainability and climate-resiliency principles, aiming to be net-zero by 2030.

By investing in infrastructure, the Government of Canada is growing our country’s economy, increasing the resiliency of our communities, and improving the lives of Canadians.