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Canada and Ontario invest in recreational and stormwater infrastructure in Woolwich


Governments of Canada and Ontario have announced joint funding for the improvement of the Woolwich Memorial Centre and the rehabilitation of the Weigel Stormwater Management Drain.

The Government of Canada is investing $792,000 in improvements to the Woolwich Memorial Centre through the Community, Culture and Recreation Infrastructure Stream, and $899,928 for the rehabilitation of the Weigel Stormwater Management Drain through the Green Infrastructure Stream, both under the Investing in Canada plan.

“Investments in both recreational and stormwater infrastructure are essential in ensuring the wellbeing and safety of communities,” said Tim Louis, Member of Parliament, Kitchener–Conestoga. “Today’s investments for the Woolwich Memorial Centre and the Weigel Stormwater Drain means better protection for residents from flooding and continued and improved access to a treasured community space for years to come. Canada’s infrastructure plan invests in thousands of projects, creates jobs across the country, and builds cleaner, more inclusive communities.”

The Government of Ontario is providing over $1.4 million towards both projects, and the Township of Woolwich is contributing over $1.1 million.

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Improvements to the Woolwich Memorial Centre include the replacement of the existing refrigeration system and installation of a new geothermal system.

Work on the Weigel Stormwater Management Drain involves replacing 11 culverts and a degrading headwall and wingwalls, installing erosion protection, and removing sediment from a stormwater pond, among other improvements.