The town of Pelham, Ontario. received $5.4 million in federal funding to build a new 8,000 square foot carbon-free library near the Pelham Community Center.
The library will be funded by the federal Green and Inclusive Community Buildings program. The new building will be three stories high, accessible, and will have green energy and climate-resilient features like solar panels and natural lighting.
Niagara Center MPP Vance Badawey said the new library will be “a modern facility” where residents “can safely connect and learn for many years to come.”
The Green and Inclusive Community Buildings program is part of Canada’s Enhanced Climate Plan, which aims to invest $1.5 billion in green and accessibility upgrades and repairs for community buildings and new construction. This is part of Canada’s goal to reach zero emissions by 2050.
The Green and Inclusive Community Buildings program aims to retrofit provincial and territorial government buildings, municipal and regional buildings, as well as buildings of not-for-profit, public sector and Indigenous organizations.
The project targets underserved communities across the country, with 10% of funding allocated to Indigenous communities.
Pelham Mayor Marvin Junkin said the new library is a great example of what government can do for his community.
“Pelham will now be able to replace a facility that, while beautiful, has aged poorly,” Junkin said.
The new library will replace the Fonthill branch of the Lincoln Pelham Public Library.
“Investing in community and recreational infrastructure is essential to creating welcoming, inclusive and sustainable communities,” Badawey said.