Renovation of Clare Veterans Centre a joint investment
The federal government and the Municipality of Clare have announced a joint investment of more than $2.9 million to renovate the Clare Veterans Centre.
This investment will enable accessibility enhancements, such as a new accessible entry with a concrete ramp and interior elevator, and the installation of a solar photovoltaic array, which will generate renewable energy and reduce operation costs.
In addition, the building exterior will be re-clad for durability, with a new front addition showcasing a new façade.
Inside, numerous equipment upgrades and renovations will include a new heating and cooling system, updated electrical, new accessible washrooms, a renovated kitchen, upgraded lighting, a walk-in cooler and new drywall and paint.
“These improvements are expected to reduce the facility’s energy consumption by an estimated 31.9 per cent and greenhouse gas emissions by 33.2 tonnes annually,” says the municipality in a media release. “Additionally, the improvements will create an accessible environment for users and extend the building’s lifespan while enhancing its versatility and
“The building is used daily by residents of the municipality, and I am confident that the planned renovations will be appreciated by all who make good use of the public space.” Yvon LeBlanc Clare warden
The Clare Veterans Centre in Saulnierville is used by groups across all sectors and demographics and is home to numerous annual events.
“This investment by the Government of Canada will ensure the Clare Veterans Centre remains an inclusive and welcoming space for all community members,” said Kings-Hants MP Kody Blois, on behalf of the Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities.
“These renovations will allow the community to continue to successfully host cultural events in a comfortable setting. Additionally, by reducing the facility’s carbon footprint, this project is contributing to provincial and federal climate mitigation efforts,” Blois said.
Clare Warden Yvon LeBlanc said the revitalization of the Clare Veterans Centre is much needed and well deserved.
“The building is used daily by residents of the municipality, and I am confident that the planned renovations will be appreciated by all who make good use of the public space,” he said. “While the anticipated work will certainly enhance the aesthetics of the building, it will also improve more functional elements such as the building’s accessibility and carbon footprint.”
The Government of Canada is investing $2,356,494 in this project through the Green and Inclusive Community Buildings program (GICB). The Municipality of the District of Clare is contributing $589,124.