Funding announced for the redesign of Mount McIntyre Recreation Centre

This is a joint news release with the Government of Canada, the Government of Yukon and the City of Whitehorse

Mount McIntyre Recreation Centre, home to the Whitehorse Cross-Country Club and the Whitehorse Curling Club,  will soon be getting a complete redesign.

Today, Member of Parliament for Yukon Brendan Hanley, on behalf of Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities Dominic LeBlanc; Yukon’s Minister of Community Services Richard Mostyn; and Mayor for the City of Whitehorse Laura Cabott, announced $800,000 for the redesign of the Mount McIntyre Recreation Centre.

A complete redesign of the building’s interior is required for it to meet current and future needs. The funding announced today will enable the planning and redesign phases of the project to get underway. Particular attention will be paid to reducing the building’s carbon footprint through upgrades to windows, doors and insulation to meet higher energy efficiency standards.

Investments in recreational infrastructure help grow our local economy, improve the quality of life of Yukoners and help strengthen our communities.

The funding is the City of Whitehorse’s portion of the Canada Community-Building Fund (formerly known as the federal Gas Tax Fund).

For decades, Mount McIntyre Recreation Centre has served as a hub for Whitehorse residents to practice the activities we Yukoners have come to know and love: curling and cross-country skiing. The investments our Government is making will ensure that for decades to come, the Centre can continue to fulfill its vital purpose. This will also bring the building up to modern standards of energy efficiency, generating savings over the long run.

Member of Parliament for Yukon Brendan Hanley on behalf of the Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities Dominic LeBlanc

Yukoners and visitors have been going to the Mount McIntyre Recreation Centre for cross-country skiing, curling and tennis for over 40 years. The Centre has also been used to host every type of meeting, community event and celebration. It is home to some of the territory’s strongest athletes, including Olympians, and continues to be a place that is welcoming to all. I look forward to the redesign that will set the stage for local, national and international sports events and continue to serve Yukoners for years to come.  

Minister of Community Services Richard Mostyn 

On behalf of City Council, we thank our territorial and federal partners for the funding that allows the City to undertake this important redesign work of one of the community’s most popular recreation centres. Climate change mitigation is a priority for this Council and these upgrades will allow us to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions while providing an improved experience for our users.

Mayor of the City of Whitehorse Laura Cabott  

Quick facts 
  • The Mt. McIntyre Recreation Centre was a key facility during the 2007 Canada Winter Games. It was the venue for curling, cross-country skiing and other events. 

  • The City of Whitehorse and the Government of Yukon, alongside the Canada Games Council have officially launched the bid process for the 2027 Canada Winter Games.   

  • The $800,000 contribution will go towards detailed design and drawings for the interior renovation of Mt. McIntyre Recreation Centre. 

  • The Canada Community-Building Fund is a long-term indexed source of funding for over 3,600 communities across the country. In recent years, it has supported thousands of projects annually.

  • The Canada Community-Building Fund has 19 project eligibility categories, including capacity building, sport infrastructure and roads. Communities can use the funds immediately for priority projects, bank them for later use, pool the dollars with other communities for shared infrastructure projects, or use them to finance major infrastructure expenditures.

Contact 

Renée Francoeur
Cabinet Communications
867-334-9194
renee.francoeur@yukon.ca


Jean-Sébastien Comeau
Press Secretary and Communications Advisor
Office of the Honourable Dominic LeBlanc
Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities
343-574-8116
jean-sebastien.comeau@iga-aig.gc.ca
 

Bonnie Venton Ross
Communications Analyst
Department of Community Services, Government of Yukon
867-332-5513
bonnie.ventonross@yukon.ca

 

Myles Dolphin
Manager, Strategic Communications
City of Whitehorse
myles.dolphin@whitehorse.ca
867-689-0515

 

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News release #: 
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