Rural Economic Development (RED) Program
News Release

For Immediate Release August 25, 2007

McGuinty Government Promotes Health and Economic Development

New Recreation Centre Strengthens Lambton Shores

FOREST - The McGuinty government is investing in a new recreation centre in the community of Lambton Shores, Maria Van Bommel, MPP for Lambton-Kent-Middlesex, announced today on behalf of Leona Dombrowsky, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.

"This new complex will increase access to health and recreation programs for Lambton Shores residents of all ages," said Van Bommel. "The development of a new recreation centre will also create employment opportunities in the management, operations and maintenance of the facility."

The province will contribute $300,000 to help the Municipality of Lambton Shores and its partners, the Forest Community Foundation and the North Lambton Benefit Foundation, develop a multi-use community and recreation centre. The "Shores Centre" will provide a 200-metre indoor walking track, fitness centre, full-size gymnasium, arena, meeting room and municipal offices. The new facility will also be fully accessible for people with disabilities.

"We are pleased to receive this financial support from the Ontario government," said Gord Minielly, mayor of the Municipality of Lambton Shores. "Thanks to this funding, our rural community residents will have access to social and recreational activities that they might not have otherwise received."

This is just one more example of how, working together, Ontarians have achieved results in rural Ontario. Other examples include:

  • Recognizing the unique needs of rural schools by increasing funding by $2,329 per student as of 2007-08, an increase of 31 per cent
  • Providing $472 million in 2007 to rural municipalities through the Ontario Municipal Partnership Fund
  • Recognizing innovation in the province's agriculture sector by creating the five-year, $2.5-million Premier's Awards for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence. In 2007, 55 awards totaling $425,000 were presented at events across the province.

Today's investment was made through the Rural Economic Development (RED) Program, which invests in community-based projects that support sustainable rural economies in three priority areas: improved access to health care services, revitalized communities and downtowns, and enhanced skills training.

Through the RED Program, the province has invested $45.1 million in 139 projects, representing a total investment of $477.4 million in rural Ontario, since 2003. The Ontario government and its partners are building strong rural communities that work better for the people who live in them.

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Kelly Synnott
Minister's Office

Brent Ross
Communications Branch

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