BRAMPTON, ON (July 19, 2022) – Today, Sonia Sidhu, Member of Parliament for Brampton South, on behalf of the Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities, and Mayor Patrick Brown announced over $15.7 million in funding for Deep Energy retrofits to the Susan Fennell Sportsplex in Brampton.
Funding will support a number of upgrades to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase the energy efficiency of the Sportplex. Work involves upgrading the facility’s refrigeration plants, HVAC systems, building automation system and lighting. It will also include the installation of a battery energy storage system to offset electricity costs, and a geothermal system to heat and cool the facility using the earth as a medium of heat transfer. These retrofits will reduce natural gas consumption and significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions to transform this facility to a Net Zero facility.
A portion of the Susan Fennell Sportsplex is currently closed to the public for construction to revitalize the aging recreation Centre. Construction at Susan Fennell Sportsplex is guided by the Parks and Recreation Master Plan (PRMP), and is part of the City of Brampton’s plan to revitalize recreation Centres to serve the community better.
The City selected Susan Fennell Sportsplex for the Zero Carbon retrofit because the recreation centre releases approximately 1,135 tonnes of carbon dioxide every year, which is the equivalent to GHG emissions produced by approximately 240 cars.
Learn more about the renewal plan for Brampton’s community centres here. Learn more about the Government of Canada’s Green and Inclusive Community Buildings program here.
“Thank you to our partners at the Government of Canada for their investment in energy-efficient upgrades for Susan Fennell Sportsplex. Brampton is a Green City, and we are committed to reducing our carbon footprint and being a leader in sustainability. This investment will help us reduce fuel consumption and lower greenhouse gas emissions, and provide our residents with a modern and energy efficient facility where they can enjoy our great recreational programs and maintain a healthy and active lifestyle.”
- Patrick Brown, Mayor, City of Brampton
“The City of Brampton is dedicated to revitalizing our older recreation centres with a focus on sustainability to provide flexible, multi-use, multi-generational and multi-season facilities for our residents so that they can maintain healthy and active lifestyles. We thank the Government of Canada for its investment in Susan Fennell Sportsplex as we work towards reducing fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions at this facility.”
- Paul Vicente, Regional Councillor, Wards 1 & 5; Chair, Public Works & Engineering, City of Brampton
“This funding will move us closer towards our goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions generated in Brampton by 80 per cent by 2050. Through meaningful investments like this, we can continue to build a healthier, more sustainable community.”
- Doug Whillans, City Councillor Wards 2 & 6; Member, Environment Advisory Committee; Member, CEERP Community Task Force, City of Brampton
“As a Green and Healthy and Safe City, we are focused on providing modern recreational opportunities for our residents and revitalizing our facilities with sustainability top of mind. Thank you to the Government of Canada for their funding towards energy-efficient upgrades to Susan Fennell Sportsplex. We will continue to work with our partners to bring investment to Brampton.”
- Paul Morrison, Interim Chief Administrative Officer, City of Brampton
“The upgrades to the Susan Fennell Sportsplex will provide Brampton residents with a modern and energy efficient facility where they can come together, access programming, and stay active. Our Government will continue to invest in infrastructure projects that strengthen our communities and grow our economy.”
- Sonia Sidhu, Member of Parliament for Brampton South, on behalf of the Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities