Government of Canada invests in UJA federation’s new Lebovic Campus
March 15, 2011

Economic Action Plan creates jobs, improves quality of life in York Region

VAUGHAN, ONTARIO - Citizens of York Region will soon be able to benefit from a multifunctional recreational, cultural and social services community campus, thanks to a joint funding commitment between the Government of Canada and UJA Federation of Greater Toronto to support Phase 3 of the Joseph and Wolf Lebovic Jewish Community Campus project.

"The Building Canada Plan is helping support economic growth, a cleaner environment and the overall prosperity of all Ontarians," said the Honourable Peter Kent, Canada's Minister of the Environment and Member of Parliament for Thornhill. "Our government's investments in exceptional cultural and recreational infrastructure are examples of the concrete results that Building Canada is delivering to the people, cities and communities of Ontario."

"Our government remains focused on the economy which is why we are proud to invest in infrastructure projects that will create jobs, support local economies and strengthen communities," said the Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of State (Seniors) and Member of Parliament for Vaughan, on behalf of the Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities. "The new Lebovic Campus will offer facilities that will benefit residents of the York Region for years to come."

"The Lebovic Campus is designed to meet the multiple needs of one of Canada's fastest growing communities," said Elizabeth Wolfe, Board chair, UJA Federation of Greater Toronto. "We thank the Government of Canada for recognizing the contribution of this outstanding campus to enhancing the quality of life for an extraordinary community."

The Phase 3 project includes a conference and celebration pavilion and atrium, facilities including a theatre and lecture hall, an outdoor pool, as well as a number of multi-purpose programming and meeting facilities that will be available to all citizens within York region. UJA Federation is building the new campus, which will also include a network of health and social services, across 50 acres on Bathurst Street in the City of Vaughan. The expected construction completion date for Phase 3 is fall 2016.

Phase 3 of the Joseph and Wolf Lebovic Jewish Community Campus project has been identified as a priority for federal funding of up to one-half of eligible project costs, to a maximum federal contribution of $15 million, under the Major Infrastructure Component of the Building Canada Fund. UJA Federation of Greater Toronto is responsible for the remaining costs of the project. The total project costs for Phase 3 are estimated to be $45 million.

Federal financial support is conditional on the project meeting federal conditions and the signing of a contribution agreement with UJA Federation of Greater Toronto. The Building Canada Fund is managed by Infrastructure Canada.

The Government of Canada's Economic Action Plan accelerated the existing $33 billion Building Canada Plan and added almost $12 billion in new infrastructure stimulus funding over two years.