Over $430,000 in provincial funding is going towards facility upgrades for two Nipissing-area groups.

Callander Legion 445 is receiving just over $310,000 for repairs and renovations to their facility.

 “The current building is 33 years old and this funding will enable us to meet the local community needs by extending the life and by maximizing the use of existing facilities,” says Marc Picard, President.  “These upgrades will also significantly reduce utility costs for the Branch going forward.”

The Township of Bonfield is using their $123,500 to turn their outdoor covered rink and skateboard park into a fully weatherproof facility.

“The retractable side curtains will lengthen the winter ice season and in summer keep rain from blowing into the facility,” says Randy McLaren, Mayor, Township of Bonfield.  “It greatly enhances the four season use of the building.”

Vic Fedeli, Nipissing MPP, says COVID-19 has been a challenge for so many not-for-profit sport and recreation organizations. 

“Our Legions and municipal organizations are the bedrock of our  community. By helping them weather the storm, we are ensuring people in

our area will have the opportunity to safely reconnect with the many things that make this community special,” he says. 

The money is coming from the province’s Community Building Fund.