March 06, 2020
Treaty 1 Territory, Winnipeg, MB—St. James NDP MLA Adrien Sala is urging the federal and provincial governments to support phase 2 upgrades to the St. James Civic Centre.
“St. James Civic Centre has been a mainstay of our community for over 50 years and it’s time for a refresh,” said Sala. “Unfortunately, with less than a month to the proposed start of renovations, the project is in limbo because of the lack of commitment from the provincial and federal governments. A clear funding commitment is needed so that St. James families and seniors can stay healthy and active.”
On April 1st, the Civic Centre will close for a year in order to start previously announced renovations, funded entirely by the City of Winnipeg. Many residents are concerned that the second phase of the project, which includes a new 55+ Centre, may not be completed because of the refusal of the provincial and federal government to commit funding. The cost is estimated at $14 million. So far the federal government has not been clear on its commitment and the provincial government has done nothing to ensure the project is completed.
With less than a month until renovations are slated to begin, Sala urged the federal and provincial governments to make the funding available so that St. James seniors can stay healthy and active.
John Pidwerbesky, a local St. James resident, expressed similar concerns to Sala regarding delays.
“The Civic Centre is a hub for our community and helps seniors like myself stay active while socializing with friends,” said Pidwerbesky. “We deserve clarity from the provincial and federal government—is this project going to happen or not?”