OTTAWA, ONTARIO June 13, 2011 – Greely residents can look forward to enjoying a new local branch of the Ottawa Public Library thanks to a joint investment from all three levels of government. Library customers joined federal, provincial and municipal representatives today to celebrate the new facility.
At 3,000 square feet, the new, modern and bright facility is approximately three times larger than the previous building. It is fully accessible and features designated areas for adults, teens and children, self-serve kiosks, a meeting room and additional space for children’s programming to better serve Greely’s growing population.
“Libraries help shape our cities and neighbourhoods by promoting learning, research, reading and community building,” said Pierre Poilievre, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities and Member of Parliament for Nepean-Carleton. “Our Government’s investment in this beautiful new building will enable the Ottawa Public Library to more easily serve the growing community of Greely through its numerous programs, activities and resources.”
“Through our Open Ontario Plan, we’re building foundations for success and prosperity throughout our province,” said the Honourable Bob Chiarelli, Ontario’s Minister of Infrastructure. “The Government of Ontario is proud to be part of this new modern library, which will be a community hub where families can learn and grow for many years to come.”
“This branch will be a great new resource for residents of Greely and the surrounding community”, said Mayor Jim Watson. “Libraries are an important place where residents can gather and learn about each other and their world. We are proud to work with our Federal and Provincial partners to deliver this new library branch in this flourishing part of the City.”
The total eligible project cost is $1.2 million. Under the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund, the governments of Canada and Ontario have each contributed approximately $400,000 toward this project. The City of Ottawa has contributed the remaining costs.
As part of the Government of Canada’s Economic Action Plan, the $4-billion Infrastructure Stimulus Fund is providing funding to over 4,100 infrastructure projects across the country.
Over the last couple of months, Ontario had an increase of 38,000 jobs and the unemployment rate declined to 7.9 per cent.
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For additional information about investments in infrastructure, visit www.creatingjobs.gc.ca.
For further information about Canada’s Economic Action Plan, visit www.actionplan.gc.ca.
For more information on how Ontario is revitalizing its infrastructure, visit ontario.ca/infrastructure.