Major Renovation Announced for Cowichan Aquatic Centre

The Cowichan Aquatic Centre will soon undergo a major retrofit and expansion to better serve local residents, thanks to a grant of up to $2,377,004 from the Federal Gas Tax Fund.

Since the facility opened in August 2008, the swim club has expanded significantly, outgrowing the very limited space on the pool deck where warm-ups, cool-downs and training occur. In addition, the fitness and wellness portion of the building is overcrowded and unable to expand its programming.

This funding will deliver major improvements to the facility. The renovation proposes to relocate the current storage area on the pool deck, creating space for swim clubs and adding folding bleachers behind the diving boards to improve spectator access. The renovation will also reconfigure and expand the upstairs gym, expand the group fitness rooms, and create some private areas for training and user intakes.

"The Cowichan Aquatic Centre is more than a pool and a gym," says Mayor of North Cowichan, Jon Lefebure. "It's a place where people from across the Valley come together and create social connections; where friendships are made and people from all generations and different walks of life pursue wellness and community."

Each year, the Government of Canada provides over $278 million in funding for local government infrastructure across British Columbia through the Federal Gas Tax Fund. The Union of BC Municipalities administers the Federal Gas Tax Fund in British Columbia in partnership with the Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia.

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"Improvements to local infrastructure are so important. They make our communities even better places to live," said Selina Robinson, B.C. Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. "We are pleased to partner with local governments and the federal government to improve the daily lives of British Columbians."

Director Wendy Booth, President, Union of BC Municipalities"Communities across BC are looking for funding to replace, upgrade and expand local infrastructure. The federal Gas Tax Fund is accelerating the pace of infrastructure renewal through the transfer of close to $3 billion since 2005 for projects in our province. I appreciate the Government of Canada's long term commitment to fund priorities identified by BC local governments."

Links

To see all of the projects funded through this intake, visit https://news.gov.bc.ca/16553.

To learn more about the federal Gas Tax Fund visit: http://infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/gtf-fte-eng.html.

For more information, please contact:

Jon Lefebure, Mayor
Municipality of North Cowichan                    
T:  250.746.3203                                                        
E:  mayor@northcowichan.ca  

Jason Blood, Manager of Recreation
Municipality of North Cowichan
T: 250-746-3307
E: jason.blood@northcowichan.ca