The provincial and federal governments, along with the City of Thompson, are investing $15 million to build a new pool in the city.
Provincial Labour and Government Services Minster Reg Helwer says the Manitoba government is funding up to $5 million for the project, Ottawa is investing up to $6 million through its Investing in Canada Infrastructure program funding streams, and Thompson is putting forward around $4 million.
Mayor Colleen Smook shared that it’s been a rollercoaster ride since the Norplex Pool was closed in 2019, and this funding will get shovels in the ground sooner rather than later.
Smook adds the region as a whole benefits from this announcement.
“It’s not just for Thompson, it’s for the North. We have people from Wabowden, Tadoule Lake and even Lac Brochet coming here for swimming lessons. Everybody used our pool.”
Smook says construction of the new pool is expected to be completed in a year and a half.