City Receives Over $2.5 Million for Canada Games Aquatic Centre Infrastructure Improvement Project

Release date: 
September 2, 2020

The City of Kamloops is pleased to receive more than $2.5 million from the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program – CleanBC Communities Fund Program by the Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia to support the energy-efficiency upgrades at the Canada Games Aquatic Centre (CGAC). 

“This project in Kamloops shows how smart investments in infrastructure can help communities save energy and reduce harmful emissions while building a strong resilient future for residents,” said the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities. “Canada’s Infrastructure plan invests in thousands of projects, creates jobs across the country, and builds stronger communities.”

“Investing in communities across the province is key to building a cleaner, better future for everyone,” said George Heyman, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy. “By investing in projects like the new energy-efficient building upgrades for the Canada Games Aquatic Centre in Kamloops through our CleanBC climate and economic plan, we’re working together with communities to make life more affordable and reduce greenhouse gas emissions."

The grant will support a number of high-performance upgrades to the CGAC’s envelope (walls, roof, and windows); mechanical; electrical; and heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning systems that will significantly increase the facility’s energy efficiency and reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. 

“This is a significant investment in this project, which recognizes our commitment to minimizing our environmental footprint,” said Glen Cheetham, the City’s Sustainability Services Supervisor. “The improvements that have been integrated into this project will help us work towards the goals outlined in the Sustainable Kamloops Plan.”

Sustainability is a critical component of this project, and it is not limited to the infrastructure improvements. The on-site project team has prioritized waste diversion to reduce the environmental impact of the construction. As of August 2020, the project has diverted 98% of waste materials to be recycled at the Kamloops Resource Recovery Centre, which has saved over 360,000 lb of material from the landfill.  

For information on the CGAC Infrastructure Improvement Project and to subscribe to project updates, visit LetsTalk.Kamloops.ca/CGAC

Environmental leadership is one of Council’s strategic priorities for 2019–2022: “The City of Kamloops leads by example by making sustainable choices to minimize our environmental footprint.”

Read the BC Government news release here.