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FedNor makes big funding announcement for Kap

Sudbury MP  and Kapuskasing native, Paul Lefebvre, was in the Model Town this past Thursday to announce nearly $400,000 in funding for agriculture and infrastructure development.

Sudbury MP and Kapuskasing native, Paul Lefebvre, was in the Model Town this past Thursday to announce nearly $400,000 in funding for agriculture and infrastructure development.

Paul Lefebvre, Member of Parliament for Sudbury, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, and Minister responsible for FedNor, today announced a FedNor investment of $396,585 to help create jobs and a strong economy by supporting key agriculture and infrastructure development initiatives in the Town of Kapuskasing.


The Government of Canada is pleased to invest in the Town of Kapuskasing to energize its economy and support local priority projects that will deliver meaningful results for the people and businesses in the region. The funding announced today will help bring forward a new era of research and innovation at the Agricultural Business Development Park and transform the Sports Palace into a modern and efficient facility,” said Bains in a statement.


FedNor funding of $296,585 will enable the Kapuskasing Economic Development Corporation to complete upgrades and improvements to the community’s Agricultural Business Development Park. Specifically, the funding will be used to install an elevator, grain bins, barn curtains and a ventilation system, as well as fencing to protect research areas. This investment will also help improve information and communications technology at the Park.


The research portion of agriculture is very important to our region and its going to be a real growth area for us so this kind of support is very important to us and we are very grateful to have it,” said Kapuskasing Mayor, Alan Spacek.


Once complete, this initiative will allow the facility to achieve operational efficiencies, attract new research and development opportunities, and support the long-term sustainability of this local asset.


The Town of Kapuskasing will also receive $100,000 to support vital infrastructure upgrades to the Kapuskasing Sports Palace. The funding will help modernize this important community facility by adding a pool and ensuring it’s fully accessible, as well as energy and operationally efficient. Once the upgrades are complete, the Sports Palace will be capable of hosting regional and provincial competitions.


Al (Spacek) and I have been talking about the pool for some time now. He told me about the condition of the current facility and mentioned how old it was. I told him that facility was old when I lived here and that was 30 years ago,” chuckled Lefebvre, drawing laughter from the crowd. “I’m very happy to see the town making a big investment in its recreational infrastructure”.


A pool is a high priority for us. That was made very clear and evident by the community survey that was conducted and it’s a very significant investment,” said Spacek. “We’re going to continue to rely on the federal government to help us achieve that goal financially, so we’re very thankful for this most recent announcement.”


As a member of the Northern Ontario Caucus, I'm proud that our government recognizes the unique needs of the region and is supporting Kapuskasing in its efforts to build a strong, self-sustaining economy. Today’s announcement helps provide the right resources and infrastructure needed to harness the economic potential of the community to create jobs, while fueling the local economy for future generations.”


The funding announced Thursday is provided through FedNor’s Northern Ontario Development Program, as well as the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program.