Thunder Bay Art Gallery, City of Thunder Bay and Fort William First Nation Await Decision on Federal Funding

Infrastructure Canada’s decisions were to be announced last fall.

THUNDER BAY — The developers of three major construction projects in the Thunder Bay area are all waiting for a phone call or letter from the same office in Ottawa.

Infrastructure Canada must decide whether to grant one or more of them the funding they are requesting under the government’s Green and Inclusive Community Buildings program.

The program supports the construction of energy-efficient community buildings that are accessible to the public, with individual projects eligible for up to $25 million.

Last year, the City of Thunder Bay requested $22 million for its indoor sod installation project.

Fort William First Nation wants $25 million for a new 96-bed long-term care facility.

The Thunder Bay Art Gallery also requested funding, but the gallery did not disclose the amount requested.

According to information posted on a federal government website last July, decisions on applications for the Green and Inclusive Community Buildings program were expected to be made in the fall.

However, there are still no public announcements.

Kelly Robertson, the city’s general manager of community services, says the city received follow-up requests from Infrastructure Canada in October, but there have been no updates since.

“However, I believe our app is still active based on generic information provided by IC in the New Year,” Robertson said in an email to TBNewswatch.

Fort William First Nation Chief Peter Collins said he had only heard that “we are still in the queue”.

Similarly, art gallery director Sharon Godwin said, “We haven’t heard back yet, nor have we been able to get any information on timing of the decisions.”

The art gallery has already received $15 million from two other federal funding sources.

In Ottawa, a spokesperson for Infrastructure Canada did not respond to questions about the timing of its decisions, but said, “We have received a high level of interest in the program…officials continue to diligently review and evaluate projects.

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