Government of Canada Investment Helps Revitalize Shoal Lake #40 First Nation’s Community Centre and Gymnasium

May 18, 2017 – Shoal Lake, ON – Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario – FedNor

The Government of Canada is investing $52,000 to help Shoal Lake #40 First Nation rehabilitate and modernize its community centre. Home to the only gymnasium in the community, the facility is a vital hub for local residents, also serving as a venue for meetings, cultural events and functions.

Bob Nault, Member of Parliament for Kenora, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, and Minister responsible for FedNor, today announced this Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program (CIP 150) funding. Specifically, the FedNor investment will assist in refurbishing the roof, installing a hardwood surface over the existing concrete floor, painting new play surface markings, and retrofitting interior doors. The improvements will help transform the facility into a safe meeting place aimed at healing and well-being.


“The Government of Canada recognizes the importance of investing in community assets, such as the Shoal Lake Community Centre and Gymnasium, to enhance accessibility and safety for local residents. Today’s announcement supports our government’s commitment to building strong and healthy communities.”

The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, and Minister responsible for FedNor

“The Shoal Lake Community Centre and Gymnasium is an integral part of the fabric of the community, and helps bring people together to share healthy living and cultural experiences. By investing to upgrade this facility, we are investing to build a brighter future for the residents of Shoal Lake #40 First Nation.”

Bob Nault, Member of Parliament for Kenora

“On behalf of the people of Shoal Lake 40, I would like to acknowledge the Government of Canada’s support that will enable us to bring some much-needed improvements to our community centre. With its new hardwood floor, the gym will provide a safe gathering spot for residents young and old, and help keep everyone active.”

Erwin Redsky, Chief, Shoal Lake #40 First Nation

Quick Facts

  • The CIP 150 funding is part of the Government of Canada’s coordinated approach to mark the 150th anniversary of Confederation. These investments across Canada will help create jobs, boost economic activity, strengthen communities, and celebrate Canada’s rich heritage and history.
  • FedNor is delivering this program in Northern Ontario with an allocation of $10.4 million over two years, ending March 31st, 2018.

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