Scarborough YMCA and MP Salma Zahid announce Canada 150 Community Infrastructure project

November 08, 2016

MP Salma Zahid paid the Scarborough Town Centre Court YMCA a visit to announce the centre will receive funding through the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program. The federal contribution of $643,500 will leverage the YMCA’s $1.3 million investment in a $1,950,000 rehabilitation project. 

MP Salma Zahid speaking at the podium at Scarborough YMCA

MP Salma Zahid addresses guests and the media at Scarborough Town Centre Court YMCA.

The project aims to improve accessibility and reduce energy use at the Scarborough YMCA. Spaces throughout the facility will be made more accessible, meeting AODA requirements. Such changes will include renovating washrooms and meeting rooms, as well as adding ramps and new signage. Equipment will also be updated for energy-efficiency, the reduction of the YMCA's C02 footprint and to enhance the YMCA's ability to respond as part of its community resiliency strategy. For instance, lights will be retrofitted and a natural child care play space will be created on the roof of the YMCA. Additionally, aging infrastructure will be refurbished.

“The YMCA is committed to providing accessible environments that ensure a green future,” says  Medhat Mahdy, President and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Toronto. “Thanks to the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program, the renewal of spaces and equipment at the Scarborough YMCA will have a lasting impact that will resonate with the thousands of youth and adults who access the centre every day.”

The Scarborough Town Centre Court YMCA has been this community’s anchor of health and well-being for many years. Every day, people visit this centre to participate in more than 100 different programs. After 25 years of families splashing in the pool, of teens playing basketball in our courts, of friends meeting for an Arriba class, this centre is in need of renewal. Investing in this rehabilitation project will allow this community to remain strong and vibrant. The YMCA is grateful for the government’s contribution which will enhance our ability to provide health and wellness programs to all, regardless of age, ability or circumstance. 

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