Port Hardy Mayor Dennis Dugas spoke out about the multiplex project’s issues at an open house back in February of 2019. (Tyson Whitney - North Island Gazette)

Funding has been denied for Port Hardy’s much anticipated Multiplex Pool Project

‘reviewing alternatives and opportunities in the coming months to address the aging infrastructure’

The Port Hardy Multiplex Pool Project has reached an impasse.

The District of Port Hardy issued a news release on Friday, March 27, stating they “appreciate everyone’s patience as we awaited notification regarding the grant application for the Multiplex Pool Project from the Investing in Canada Infrastructure-Community, Culture and Recreation Program. Unfortunately, we have been advised that we were not selected for funding.”

The release also noted that council will be “reviewing alternatives and opportunities in the coming months to address the aging infrastructure which initiated this project. We thank all of you for your continued support and we will work on a positive solution for all North Island Communities.”

When asked to comment on the funding falling through, Port Hardy Mayor Dennis Dugas stated he wasn’t surpised that it happened, “especially with the situation (COVID-19 pandemic) that is going on around the world right now.”

He also noted that the delays in hearing back regarding the grant funding were primarily due to issues in dealing with the provincial minority government.

“It’s disappointing we weren’t chosen, but we know that opportunities will be coming up in the future,” he said, adding that the swimming pool “has always been a project that myself and council have wanted to maintain and keep running, and we are going to work real hard to keep it because its an amenity we want to stay in the community.”

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