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Second ice rink, new 55+ Centre and new daycare spaces for community facility 

Expanding and revitalizing community facilities is a key to building stronger communities in Manitoba.  Hugh McFadyen and the Manitoba Progressive Conservatives will provide support to improved facilities in Manitoba and announced a commitment to support a $4.2 million expansion of the St. James Civic Centre in Winnipeg that will add a second ice rink, provide a new home to the St. James Assiniboia 55+ Centre, and add 30 daycare spaces. 

Hugh McFadyen

“This is an example of how we can work constructively with stakeholders to make significant improvements to community infrastructure. The Civic Centre already provides a number of services to the community and it’s a logical place to expand,” says McFadyen. “This expansion will provide a home for everything from a fitness centre and some health services to a multi-purpose room that can host everything from dances to yoga classes.  The second rink will be an important boost to the supply of available ice in the western area of Winnipeg, where demand for ice-time continues to exceed supply.” 

A McFadyen government would provide $3.9 million in support to expand the St. James Civic Centre to provide 4,000 square feet of sole-use space for the 55+ Centre, add a second ice rink to the complex, and build 30 daycare spaces.  The support would be provided via the Manitoba Community Investment Fund, announced previously during the campaign. The balance of the funding has already been committed by the City of Winnipeg. 

The St. James Assiniboia 55+ Centre has been part of the community for over 20 years.  The organization currently occupies space in Deer Lodge Centre but the group is now looking for a new home.  The St. James Civic Centre, already home to a number of facilities, can be expanded in order to accommodate this group.  

“It is very positive to hear of a plan that could support a new home for our organization,” says Connie Newman. “This facility expansion would ensure we can continue to provide great services to our members and the community, and will also free up resources and space at Deer Lodge Centre.” 

“This project will be a real benefit for everyone in western Winnipeg,” says St. James-Brooklands Councillor Scott Fielding. “We’ve been working for a couple of years now to try and find a new home for this organization, and this plan to expand a cornerstone community facility in St. James is a very positive step forward.” 

“This is part of our balanced and realistic plan to move Manitoba forward. Because we are taking a realistic approach to the budget, we can encourage economic growth, invest in community and facilities and ensure we don’t increase taxes.” adds McFadyen. “Greg Selinger and the NDP say they will balance the budget in 2014, and that means he plans to increase taxes, hurting Manitoba families and Manitoba’s economy. Our plan will build stronger communities, with no tax increases while supporting valuable projects like this.” 

For more information, please contact:

Rebekah Swistun, Communications Officer
Manitoba Progressive Conservative Party
Office: 318-2111
Mobile: 230-4598
Email: [email protected]