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More than 400 people witnessed the grand opening of the renovated Canadian Chinese Table Tennis Association on January 23, 2011. Peter Kent, Minister of the Environment and MP for Thornhill on behalf of Gary Goodyear, Minister of State for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario; Michael Chan, Minister of Tourism and Culture and MPP for Markham-Unionville; Frank Scarpitti, Mayor of the Town of Markham; Stephen Siu, Deputy Director of Hong Kong Trade and Economics Office in Toronto; and local councilors participated in the official ribbon-cutting. A traditional Lion Dance was performed before the ceremony.
Work on this project included doubling the size of the facility to accommodate 18 new tables as well as installing new washrooms, change rooms and a new spectator area with additional seating.
This association is one of the largest not-for-profit table tennis associations in Canada. Since the renovations, membership has already increased by 500.
The governments of Canada and Ontario and the Canadian Chinese Table Tennis Association have each contributed over $204,000 to the project worth more than $612,000.