ICIP funding supports new YMCA Centre for Life in Belleville

On Monday, June 7, I was pleased to take part in a virtual event to announce that a $22.4-million YMCA Centre for Life will be built in Belleville's west end.  The development is supported by multi-level investments through the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Plan.

The project will include two swimming pools, a gymnasium, and multi-purpose and exercise space and house the YMCA,  Volunteer and Information Quinte, and Quinte Vitality Support Services.

The Province of Ontario contributed $7.4 million toward the total cost.  The federal government will contribute $8.9 million, and the YMCA of Central Eastern Ontario $5.9 million. The City of Belleville contributed land on the Quinte Exhibition grounds.  Here, I join YMCA of CEO President and CEO David Allen to survey the site.


Smith announces 160-bed redevelopment at Westgate Lodge

I was pleased to bring some much-awaited news to the community at Belleville's Westgate Lodge long-term care home on March 18.  Our government has committed to fund a 160-bed redevelopment with 72 new beds and 88 upgraded beds.  The home's owner/operator, Crown Ridge Health Care Services Inc., is hoping to break ground within the next year.  Joining me and Belleville Mayor Mitch Panciuk are Crown Ridge representatives Greg Freeman and Fred Freeman.  For more information, please see my news releases page.


Province commits $5,946,200 to expand Hastings-Quinte community paramedicine programming

This morning, Hastings-Lennox and Addington MPP Daryl Kramp and I announced $5,946,200 over four years for Hastings-Quinte Paramedic Services to provide community paramedicine to those in our community awaiting long-term care beds.  We also had the opportunity to thank our local paramedics for the great work they've been doing with testing and vaccinations during the COVID-19 pandemic.


From left are Quinte West Mayor Jim Harrison, Prince Edward County councillor Janice Maynard, Belleville Mayor Mitch Panciuk, Hastings County Warden Rick Phillips, myself, MPP Kramp, and Chief Doug Socha.