Ottawa – John Baird, Member of Parliament for Ottawa West-Nepean, along with the Honourable Bob Chiarelli, Ontario Minister of Infrastructure and Member of Provincial Parliament for Ottawa West-Nepean and His Worship Jim Watson, Mayor of the City of Ottawa, participated in an official ceremony today to recognize the successful completion of thousands of infrastructure projects across Ontario that have received federal and provincial funding through the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund. The event also marked the recent expansion of the Centrepointe Theatre in Ottawa, a project that has nearly doubled the size of the world-class venue.

“Through Canada’s Economic Action Plan, our Government delivered timely and targeted investments that created jobs and boosted the economy,” said MP Baird. “We are proud to have supported more than 2000 projects across Ontario through the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund. The Centrepointe Theatre expansion is great news for the entire community, and will encourage the development of local artists and the presentation of local works for many years to come.”

“Through the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund, our government has made strategic investments throughout the province to support our communities, strengthen the economy, create thousands of jobs and provide sustainable, quality infrastructure that Ontarians can rely on for decades to come,” said Minister Chiarelli. “As one of many successful projects now complete in the Ottawa Region, this expansion will allow Centrepointe Theatre to enhance its position as a cultural and theatrical landmark in our community, and provide even more opportunities to serve residents, visitors and performers.”

“Centrepointe Theatres are a vital part of Ottawa’s arts and culture scene,” said Mayor Jim Watson. “And it is great to see all three levels of government come together to invest in the future of our artists and this important element of our local economy.”

Already the second largest performing arts theatre in the National Capital Region, Centrepointe Theatres now boast a 253 seat, state-of-the-art studio theatre behind the main stage — ideal for intimate performances, business functions, lectures, rehearsals and workshops. The expansion also saw the installation of a new production centre, with expanded loading dock, workshops, storage rooms and a stage-door reception area; a catering kitchen; two large dressing rooms; a double green room to serve both theatres; a volunteer lounge and kitchen; barrier-free washrooms; a first-aid room; public elevators and administration offices.

The governments of Canada and Ontario each committed $4 million toward the project through the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund. The City of Ottawa matched these funds. The City’s $4-million share of the project is funded through a grant of up to $363,636 and a low-interest loan of up to $3,636,364, both from the Green Municipal Fund administered by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.

Combined, the governments of Canada and Ontario have committed funding to a total of more than 2000 projects in communities across Ontario. Projects have been completed in every corner of the province, creating jobs when the economy needed them most — from the rehabilitation of water infrastructure in Kingston, to upgrades of municipal roads in Sudbury, to the construction of a new transit facility in Oakville, to a new facility for the Boys and Girls Club of Niagara.

The Infrastructure Stimulus Fund is part of Canada’s Economic Action Plan. Thanks to Canada’s Economic Action Plan and our strong economic and financial fundamentals, the Canadian economy has recovered from the global recession better than most other industrialized countries. Canada has been a leader amongst G-7 countries throughout the recovery with nearly 600,000 net new jobs created since July 2009.

This project also supports Building Together, the Government of Ontario’s long-term infrastructure plan to repair, rebuild and renew the province’s roads and highways, bridges, public transit, schools and postsecondary institutions, hospitals and courthouses. Ontario is investing $12.8 billion in infrastructure projects in 2011-12, bringing the government’s total infrastructure investments since 2003 to $75 billion. Building modern, efficient infrastructure has created or preserved close to 100,000 jobs each year, on average, making Ontario’s economy more productive and improving quality of life, now and in the future.

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