Gander, Newfoundland and Labrador, October 16, 2020—The health and well-being of Canadians are the top priorities of the governments of Canada, and Newfoundland and Labrador. But the COVID-19 pandemic has affected more than our personal health. It is having a profound effect on the economy.

That is why governments have been taking decisive action to support families, businesses and communities, and continue to look ahead to see what more can be done.

Strategic investments in creating inclusive recreation spaces will play a key role in ensuring Newfoundland residents have modern facilities to support a healthy community.

Today, Scott Simms, Member of Parliament for Coast of Bays—Central—Notre Dame, on behalf of the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities; the Honourable Derrick Bragg, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure for Newfoundland and Labrador; and His Worship, Percy Farwell, Mayor of the Town of Gander announced funding for a new sport multiplex facility in the Town of Gander.

The new facility will include a FIFA regulation-sized outdoor soccer field, and an eight lane 400-metre rubberized running track.

This sports facility will be an important hub for the community, providing residents with an inclusive place to gather and connect, and to promote active and healthy lifestyles for decades to come. It will also create immediate and long term jobs and promote economic growth in the Town of Gander at a time when our country and local communities need it most.

The Government of Canada is investing more than $2.2 million toward this project through the Community, Culture and Recreation Infrastructure Stream (CCRIS) of the Investing in Canada plan. The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, and the Town of Gander are also contributing over $2.2 million to this project.

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