Ontario’s heritage, sport, recreation, tourism and culture industries were among the first and hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic – these industries are now facing a combined $20-billion economic fallout.
That’s why Ontario launched the $105-million Community Building Fund to support community organizations like museums, theatres, fairs, attractions, sport and recreation organizations and cultural institutions to sustain operations in the short term, while helping municipalities, Indigenous communities, non-profit sports and recreation organizations invest in sport and recreation infrastructure for the long term.
Today, building on $46 million in support our government has already provided 650 non-profit organizations through the operations stream, we announced 186 new Community Building Fund capital stream grants, totalling nearly $46 million.
This funding will help organizations complete much-needed sport and recreation facility infrastructure repairs – including retrofits and rehabilitation to meet COVID-19 public health requirements – to ensure they can continue to provide programs and services vital to their communities once public health measures to combat the growing surge of the Omicron variant are lifted.
In total, the Community Building Fund has provided $92 million in support to 834 organizations across Ontario – enhancing the quality of life for people across the province and supporting local jobs.