Federal government pledges $29 million for Canada Games in Niagara

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The federal government is committing to the 2021 Summer Canada Games in Niagara with a $29 million investment.

The Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, along with local officials, will be at the Welland International Flatwater Centre to announce the funding to build two new sports facilities, rehabilitate seven other sporting venues, and purchase new specialized sports equipment for two events.

The City of Thorold will be home to the new Canada Games Park, which will be the host location for multiple sporting events.

The Park, located beside Brock University, will include the Sports Abilities Centre, Athletics Facility, Beach Volleyball Centre, Outdoor Cycling Pavilion and Environmental Sustainability Centre. 

Plans also include the temporary installation of an above ground swimming pool at Brock University, which will be transferred to the Town of Lincoln and used as a community pool following the games. 

St. Catharines will see the construction of the new Henley Rowing Centre, upgrades to the diving and rugby facilities at Brock University, and rehabilitation of a baseball diamond at George Taylor Field. 

Speaking to CKTB's Tim Denis this morning, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, Francois-Philippe Champagne said,"If you're going to invest public funds you need to make sure these infrastructures will obviously serve the purpose for which they're built, which in this case is the Canada Games. But if you look at Brock University this is good, because that means that students who are coming to Brock could use that, St. Catharines is going to benefit, Thorold is going to benefit, Grimsby is going to benefit."

Upgrades will be made to baseball fields in Grimsby, Niagara Falls, Wainfleet, Welland and West Lincoln.