Feds kick in $6.4M toward Markham community centres' net-zero goal

The federal government is investing more than $6.4 million to assist the City of Markham in reaching net-zero greenhouse gas emissions.

Several community centres, including the Mount Joy and Thornhill community centres, and the R.J. Clatworthy Arena will soon receive energy-efficient upgrades.

All three facilities are going to see operations improvements through modifications like upgrades to the building envelopes and enhancements to heating, ventilation and lighting systems. Once complete, these facilities will be energy efficient, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and have lower operational costs.

The improvements are expected to reduce the energy consumption for the Mount Joy Community Centre by an estimated 75.7 per cent, Thornhill Community Centre by an estimated 25.9 per cent and R.J. Clatworthy Arena by an estimated 28.7 per cent.

Furthermore, the Mount Joy centre’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions will be reduced by 130 tonnes, the Thornhill centre's GHG emissions by 405 tonnes and the arena's GHG emissions by 56.4 tonnes annually.

Mayor Frank Scarpitti said he is delighted to receive the funding from the federal government as it will ensure the city becomes a more sustainable community.

“This project reflects our commitment to environmental stewardship and makes a big step forward towards a net-zero Markham,” he said.

“These investments, made through a program with a focus on inclusivity and sustainability, go beyond the physical enhancements,” noted Paul Chiang, MP for Markham-Unionville, “Improvements to recreational facilities make possible the sports and activities that foster shared experiences and a sense of unity.”

Scarlett Liu, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Markham Economist & Sun