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Pelham, Ont. to receive $5.4M to build accessible green energy library

The town of Pelham, Ont. has received a $5.4 million grant from the Green and Inclusive Community Buildings program to build a new, modern library close to the town's community centre.

'Pelham will now be able to replace a facility that, while beautiful, has aged badly,' mayor Junkin said

The new library will be accessible, climate resilient and use solar panels. (Stock photo)

The town of Pelham, Ont. has been granted $5.4 million in federal funding to construct a new 8,000-square-foot, zero-carbon library, near Pelham's community centre. 

The library will be funded through the federal Green and Inclusive Community Buildings program. The new building will be three stories tall, accessible, and will have green energy and climate resilient features like solar panels and natural lighting.

Niagara Centre MP, 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 Strengthened Climate Plan, which aims to invest 1.5 billion dollars in green and accessibility upgrades and repairs for community buildings, and new builds. It is part of Canada's goal to reach zero emissions by 2050. 

The Green and Inclusive Community Buildings program is meant to upgrade provincial and territorial government buildings, municipal and regional buildings, as well as not-for-profit, public sector and Indigenous organization buildings. 

The project is aimed at underserved communities across the country, with 10 per cent of the funding allocated to Indigenous communities. 

Pelham Mayor Marvin Junkin said the new library is a great example of what the government can do for his community. 

"Pelham will now be able to replace a facility that, while beautiful, has aged badly," Junkin said. 

The new library will replace Lincoln Pelham Public Library's Fonthill branch. 

"Investing in community and recreational infrastructure is essential to creating communities that are welcoming, inclusive, and sustainable," Badawey said.

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