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The Recreational Infrastructure Canada (RInC) Program in Ontario and the Ontario Recreation Program (Ontario REC) were launched in 2009, allowing the governments of Canada and Ontario to work together to support Ontario's communities and to create jobs through upgrades and improvements to recreational infrastructure.
Beyond economic stimulus and job creation, renewing, rehabilitating and modernizing our recreational infrastructure has had the added benefit of encouraging higher levels of participation in physical activity and community building across Ontario.
Since 2009, the Government of Canada committed almost $12 billion of new funding to infrastructure across Canada through the Economic Action Plan. This included $500 million over two years for the Recreational Infrastructure Canada (RInC) Program to support upgrading and renewal of recreational facilities in communities. The federal allocation for Ontario was $195 million.
The Government of Ontario's 2009 provincial budget – Confronting the Challenge: Building Our Economic Future – provided $32.5 billion in infrastructure investments over two years, including $195 million for recreation infrastructure projects.
The deadline to submit applications was May 29, 2009. The governments of Canada and Ontario invested in more than 750 recreational infrastructure projects. The federal and provincial governments each contributed up to one third of a project's total eligible cost, up to a maximum of $1 million each per project, with recipients providing the remaining balance.
To learn more about some of the great projects funded through the programs, read our success stories.