La Nation council is again hoping for some federal funding to help with the cost of the new sports complex in Limoges.

The approximately $13.7 million project is going to tender this month, and previous efforts to secure federal and provincial funding have been unsuccessful. However, at the July 12 council meeting, Recreation Coordinator Carol Ann Scott explained that FedDev Ontario, the federal regional economic development agency, had announced applications were opening for grants from the Canada Community Revitalization Fund (CCRF). The program allows for funding of up to $750,000 per project.

Scott explained that the Limoges Sports Complex meets many of the CCRF application criteria. Those include being “shovel ready,” considering the needs of rural or remote communities, helping the community rebound from the pandemic, demonstrating measurable direct or indirect socio-economic benefits, and bringing in other partners to leverage funding.

If obtained, the CCRF funding will also help reduce costs due to price increases for steel building materials.

The new complex in Limoges is to include two indoor soccer fields, an indoor walking track, and a community hall. The targeted completion date is in 2022.

The recommendation to apply for the CCRF funding was moved by Councillor Francis Brière, seconded by Councillor Danik Forgues, and adopted unanimously by council.