Lack of funding forcing Elliot Lake council to slow down on hub project

The City of Elliot Lake will not see any movement on a new recreational hub anytime soon with governments focused on COVID-19 readiness.

City CAO Daniel Gagnon told council in September that the provincial government said no to $17-million in funding for the new but, which in turn led to the loss of matching funds from the federal government.

He says with the focus on COVID-19 readiness, the federal government has not announced the next intake, which is not good news.

Gagnon did says there is $100,000 available, but that is not geared to new builds, rather to retrofits, pandemic related renos or outdoor trails.

Council did agree they have to slow down and reassess the project before decided whether to go ahead with retrofitting facilities or being a step-by-step process to build the new hub.

 

PHOTO; Elliot Lake council had a detailed discussion on the proposed new community recreational hub during its regular meeting. With no funding supports from either the province or federal government, further discussions are likely. Photo by Rosalind Russell –

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