$137,000 OTF grant gives community centre a lift

 from left, are Crysler Recreation’s Pierre Thibault, Councillor Adrian Bugelli, Crysler Recreation Trail Volunteer Andre Lavictoire and MPP Nolan Quinn, showing off the new trail mower.
August 9, 2023

CRYSLER, Ontario – On Wednesday, local MPP Nolan Quinn met with representatives of the Township of North Stormont in Crysler, Ontario, to learn more about the $137,000 in funding they received through two grants from the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF). These grants from the Ontario Trillium Foundation funded a pair of infrastructure projects which are expected to greatly benefit local communities.

“I am pleased to hear that the North Stormont Community Centre received funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation to financially support these projects,” said Nolan Quinn, MPP for Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry. “The heated accessible washroom and the equipment to maintain the trails are sure to have a positive impact on the community.”

A $60,400 Capital grant, first awarded in 2022, funded the purchase of a utility vehicle, complete with a trail mower, that will allow for grooming activities to take place 12 months of the year. Previously, Crysler Trail was closed during the winter months.

In addition, a $76,600 Community Building Fund – Capital stream grant was awarded in December 2021 to add a ventilation system and a heated accessible washroom in the Crysler Recreation Dome, providing safe year-round use for community members.

“Municipal council would like to thank our Ontario Trillium partners for the grant supports for these projects,” said Coun. Adrian Bugelli, representing Mayor Frank Landry. “Historically, the township and our Ontario Trillium partners have had a strong and supportive relationship. These Trillium funding resources for both of these projects continues this tradition. The accessible washroom facilities, and the UTV and trail mower equipment, will have a significant, and positive, impact on our rural community.”

Pierre Thibault of the North Stormont Recreation Committee added: “These projects allow for increased use of both the dome and trail network. Programming at the Crysler Recreation Dome does incorporate many events tailored to our most vulnerable populations. This accessible washroom will expand public participation in all events hosted within the public venue. The Crysler trail provides exercise space within a natural environment. The trail equipment will allow year-round access to the trail and ensure the trail system is maintained for added safety and enjoyment of local users and visitors from outside township boundaries.”

The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF), an agency of the Government of Ontario, and one of Canada’s leading granting foundations celebrates 40 years of grant-making in Ontario and making a lasting impact in communities. Last year, OTF invested over $110M into 1,022 community projects and partnerships. Visit otf.ca to learn more.