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Community Hub Report to go to Council October 15th 


  At the October 15th meeting of Council, Loyalist Township staff will be providing a Community Hub status update and will seek Council authorization to pursue a key funding opportunity.


  The Federal and Provincial governments recently announced the Community, Culture, and Recreation stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP). Through this program, approximately $407 and $320 million in Federal and Provincial funding, respectively, will be available over the next ten years to fund a variety of social or cultural programs and activities within communities. 


  The program's 2019 intake, which has a submission deadline of November 12, 2019, includes a multi-purpose category which focuses on the principle of integrated service delivery to address identified services gaps. Eligible projects consist of new builds, large scale renovations, or expansions of existing facilities, with total project costs generally capped at $50 million and a cost sharing breakdown of 40% federal, 33.33% provincial, and 26.67% municipal. This may include recreation or cultural facilities, community centres or hubs, or education and health facilities advancing the Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action. 


  The Community, Culture, and Recreation stream of the ICIP grant program presents an exciting opportunity to fund eligible portions of the Loyalist Township Sustainable Community Hub while reducing the impact on the tax base. Staff are therefore seeking approval from Council to submit an application requesting funding for the project on behalf of the Township. Based on a funding cap of $50 million and a cost sharing breakdown of 40%, 33.33%, and 26.67% between the Federal, Provincial, and grant recipient.


  Joint projects between municipalities and not-for-profit organizations will be given additional considerations in the grant application review process, and neighbouring communities are encouraged to work together to assess the co-use of facilities to address service level gaps and to achieve economies of scale. 


  As part of this report, Staff are seeking authorization from Council to direct the Community Hub Steering Committee to engage in talks with potential municipal and not-for-profit partners for this project, with the understanding that Council resolutions or Board of Director approvals agreeing to these partnerships will be required prior to the November 12th application deadline.

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