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City of Markham benefits from Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program

MP Peter Kent and Frank Scarpitti, Mayor, City of Markham welcome funding assistance


The Honourable Peter Kent, Thornhill’s MP, issued the following announcement today regarding federal investment in the City of Markham through the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program, (CIP).


On behalf of the Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario) MP Kent announced that the Harper Government has approved a total of $133,571. in CIP funding for improvements to the main entrance of the Thornhill Community Centre and Library as well as a tribute statue honouring Thornhill`s namesake, Benjamin Thorne. (location to be determined)

A dynamic figure in pre-Confederation Canada, Thorne was a banker, a miller, a church leader, militia officer and politician.  Although not the first to settle in the original village, Thorne’s powerful leadership gave our community its name.

This announcement is one of many projects approved through the (CIP) that will improve and preserve community spaces across southern Ontario, with the aim of “giving back” to Canadians and creating a lasting legacy as Canada prepares to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017. 

The program is expected to boost economic activity through infrastructure investments, build community-based partnerships and modernize existing community facilities.

“We are proud and pleased that this funding has been made available by the federal government to commemorate the important legacy of Benjamin Thorne,” said Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti. “Benjamin Thorne was a great civic leader and the statue honouring his memory and new surrounding public space will ensure this important figure in Markham’s history is forever celebrated”.

MP Peter Kent said, “This project will generate jobs during the design and construction phase, will provide essential community services for generations to come and, in the statue of Benjamin Thorne, a worthy legacy of the Canadian Sesquicentennial.”