Three community centres receive retrofit funding

The City of Markham is receiving “substantial funding” from the federal government to retrofit three community centres to help it reach net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

The Mount Joy Community Centre on 16th Avenue, Thornhill Community Centre on Bayview Avenue and the RJ Clatworthy Arena on John Street will see operations improvements through things like upgrades to the building envelopes and enhancements to heating, ventilation and lighting systems.

The federal government is investing more than $5.8 million in the projects through the Green and Inclusive Community Buildings program, which helps ensure community facilities are inclusive, accessible and have a long service life, while also helping Canada move towards its net-zero objectives by 2050.

The City of Markham is contributing more than $1.5 million to the projects. The Mount Joy Community Centre is receiving an additional federal investment of more than $650,000 through the Canada Community-Building Fund.

“Community centres and arenas provide the physical spaces where individuals form a community,” MP Mary Ng said. “Our government’s investments in the Mount Joy Community Centre, Thornhill Community Centre, and RJ Clatworthy Arena will contribute to a healthy, prosperous and vibrant community.”

It’s estimated the improvements will reduce energy consumption at Mount Joy Community Centre by 75.7 per cent, at Thornhill Community Centre by 25.9 per cent and at RJ Clatworthy Arena by 28.7 per cent. It’s estimated the improvements will reduce GGH emissions at Mount Joy Community Centre by 130 tonnes annually, at Thornhill Community Centre by 405 tonnes annually and at RJ Clatworthy Arena by 56.4 tonnes annually. Each will also have lower operational costs.

“The three community centres receiving these upgrades all play an essential role in providing space for Markham residents to connect and pursue recreational and social programs,” Markham Mayor Scarpitti said. “This funding will ensure we can install the critical energy-efficient upgrades needed to become a more sustainable community. This project reflects our commitment to environmental stewardship and makes a big step forward towards a net-zero Markham.”

Photo (L-R): Councillor Keith Irish; Markham-Stouffville MP Helena Jaczek; Markham-Thornhill MP Mary Ng; Mayor Frank Scarpitti; Councillor Amanda Collucci; Regional Councillor Alan Ho; and Councillor Ritch Lau at a recent community centre retrofit funding announcement.

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