Ontario Helping the Town of Aurora Respond to the Challenges of COVID-19

Published on January 14, 2022

Funding for upgrades to sport and recreation facilities will help keep communities safe once public health measures lifted



January 14, 2022


AURORA ― The Ontario government is investing $236,400 to help the Town of Aurora repair the Stronach Aurora Recreation Complex. This funding is part of the government’s investment of close to $46 million to support 186 municipalities, Indigenous communities and non-profit tourism, culture, sport and recreation organizations experiencing significant pressures due to COVID-19.


Funding through the Community Building Fund’s capital stream will help them complete much-needed sport and recreation facility infrastructure repairs – including retrofits and rehabilitation to meet COVID-19 public health requirements – to ensure they can continue to provide programs and services vital to their communities once public health measures to combat the growing surge of the Omicron variant are lifted.


“Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, our government has supported those struggling the most,” said Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries. “These capital grants will help municipalities, Indigenous communities and non-profit organizations make repairs or upgrades needed to their sport and recreation facilities to adapt to the pressures of the pandemic so they can continue to deliver programming critical to the economic and social well-being of communities across the province once their doors reopen.”


In total, the province’s Community Building Fund is investing $105 million to support community arts and culture, heritage, tourism, sport and recreation organizations that are experiencing significant financial pressures due to COVID-19. The fund is administered by the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) through two streams: Operating and Capital. The Capital stream, which closed on September 29, 2021, is providing organizations across the province with support for the following:

  • Construction or renovation expenses, such as materials, labour for construction and/or installation.
  • Fixed equipment costs, such as large-scale fixed equipment for installation (examples include heating systems, exhaust and air conditioning systems).
  • Developmental costs or project management costs.


“COVID-19 has been a challenge for so many not-for-profit tourism, culture, sport and recreation organizations, and I am proud that our government is supporting their recovery though the Community Building Fund,” said Christine Elliott, MPP for Newmarket-Aurora. “The Stronach Aurora Recreation Complex is a vital part of our Aurora community, and by helping the Town of Aurora make these much-needed repairs, we are ensuring people across Aurora will be able to safely enjoy one of the many things that make our community special.”


“The $236,400 allocated to the Town of Aurora will help update our facilities so we can all continue to enjoy recreational activities,” said Michael Parsa, MPP for Aurora—Oak Ridges—Richmond Hill. “We need to ensure these facilities are equipped to provide quality COVID-19 safeguards when we return.”


 “Since its launch, Ontario has provided 834 Community Building Fund grants to community organizations, municipalities, Indigenous communities and non-profit sport and recreation organizations – enhancing the quality of life for people across the province and supporting local jobs,” said Minister MacLeod.


“This grant will support required repairs to the Stronach Aurora Recreation Complex pools and will go a long way to help ensure our current infrastructure is safe, reliable and updated. It will allow the Town to continue to offer our residents programs, services and events that are essential to their well-being especially as we go through the waves of this pandemic,” said Aurora Mayor Tom Mrakas. “Thank you to the province, for their continued support in helping us build and maintain a strong and thriving community”


For a full list of Community Building Fund: Capital stream recipients visit the Ontario Trillium Foundation’s website.



  • The Ontario Trillium Foundation is an agency of the Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries, working to build healthy and vibrant communities across Ontario through investments of local grants to non-profit organizations. Its programs support the arts, culture, heritage, sports and recreation, human and social services, and environment sectors across the province.


  • In October, the province announced more than $46 million through the Community Building Fund: Operating stream.

  • As announced in the 2021 Budget, Ontario is investing more than $400 million over the next three years in new initiatives to support tourism, culture, sport and recreation sectors. This builds on investments of $225 million announced earlier, bringing the total support for these sectors to more than $625 million since the pandemic began.




2021 Budget - Ontario’s Action Plan: Protecting People’s Health and Our Economy

News Release: Ontario Supports Tourism, Culture, Sport and Recreation Organizations

Visit Ontario’s website to learn more about how the province continues to protect Ontarians from COVID-19.








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