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Town of Bonnyville “disappointed” after missing out on federal funding for new Aquatics Centre

At a recent regular council meeting, the Town of Bonnyville council expressed disappointment upon learning their application for federal funding to support the construction of a new Aquatics Centre was unsuccessful. The funding was sought through the Government of Canada’s Green and Inclusive Community Buildings (GICB) program. 

This setback marks a significant development in the ongoing efforts to establish a new Aquatics Centre in the area. Since 2018, stakeholders including residents from the town and the M.D. of Bonnyville, elected officials, and planning staff have been actively engaged in the planning process for the facility.  

Town of Bonnyville Mayor Elisa Brosseau conveyed her disappointment but remained determined in her resolve. 

“Although the federal government was not in favor of funding us at this time, we’re still exploring different avenues for funding to be put towards making a Bonnyville Aquatics Facility a reality. We know this is something our residents want, and we will look at every avenue we have available to us to find funding to get a project moving ahead,” said Brosseau. 

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Despite the setback, council reassured residents that the project was not shelved. They emphasized their commitment to pursuing alternative funding options to ensure progress toward the construction of the much-needed Aquatics Centre in Bonnyville.  

Residents anticipating the development of the Aquatics Centre are urged to stay informed as further updates on the project will be forthcoming. Council says they remain “steadfast” in their dedication to fulfilling the community’s desire for enhanced recreational amenities, including the establishment of a modern Aquatics Centre in Bonnyville.  

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