The Green and Inclusive Community Buildings (GICB) program aim to build more community buildings and improve existing ones – in areas with populations experiencing higher needs – while also making the buildings more energy-efficient, lower carbon, more resilient, and higher performing. 

Today, Tony Van Bynen, Member of Parliament for Newmarket- Aurora announced that Scanlon Creek Nature Centre will receive a $4.17 million federal investment through the GICB program.  

This funding will be used to build a new nature center, which will re-envision and replace an end-of-lifecycle building. Based on universal design and net-zero carbon principles, construction of this new building will create a community hub where people of all ages and abilities who live, work and play in the Lake Simcoe region can access award-winning, innovative programming that connects them to nature while building environmental knowledge and awareness.   

The 750 square meter, multi-purpose building will enable Scanlon Creek to respond and adapt to growing communities and their changing demographics. The flexible interior will allow more program and event offerings, as well as revenue generating opportunities to support operational sustainability and equitable access for marginalized groups. It will serve as a teaching tool and demonstration site to educate about climate change and inspire action. 

Through the Green and Inclusive Community Buildings program, we continue to work together for Canadians to achieve triple benefits: grow our economy and create jobs, tackle climate change and build a more resilient and inclusive country for all.