Canada and Ontario invest to expand community and recreational infrastructure in Markham

Markham: Canadians everywhere are feeling the impact of COVID-19, on their families, their livelihoods and their way of life. Together, Canada and Ontario are working to reduce the impact of the pandemic, ensure health and safety, rebuild businesses, and promote job creation, growth and investment.

Today, the Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade, on behalf of the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Federal Minister of Infrastructure and Communities; Majid Jowhari, Member of Parliament for Richmond Hill; the Honourable Doug Ford, Premier of Ontario; Logan Kanapathi, Member of Provincial Parliament for Markham—Thornhill, on behalf of the Honourable Laurie Scott, Ontario’s Minister of Infrastructure; and Mr. Ahmad Tabrizi, Founder and President of the Parya Trillium Foundation, announced funding for the expansion of the Parya Trillium Foundation community centre in Markham.

The Government of Canada is investing more than $1.9 million in this project through the Community, Culture and Recreation Infrastructure Stream (CCRIS) of the Investing in Canada plan. The Government of Ontario is providing more than $1.6 million, while the Parya Trillium Foundation is providing more than $1.3 million toward this project.

The project involves a series of improvements to the community centre, including the addition of a two-story extension, the construction of a gymnasium, change rooms and washrooms, and the creation of additional classrooms and a new reception area. Solar panels will also be installed to increase the building’s energy efficiency. Further, improvements will also be made to the parking area, including the construction of 90 additional parking spaces, four barrier-free spaces, and redesigned landscaping.

Once complete, this expansion project will enhance the existing community centre’s services and programs, which support new Canadians, youth, and seniors. It will also provide greater opportunities for education, social integration, and community development.

All orders of government continue to work together for the people of Ontario to make strategic infrastructure investments in communities across the province when needed most.