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Jul 13, 2021
Council unanimously approved spending $13.1 million from the municipality’s 2021 Operating Budget surplus on the Métis Cultural Centre currently being built at MacDonald Island Park. Council will also send letters to the federal and provincial governments supporting grant applications for the cultural centre. Councillors Bruce Inglis and Keith McGrath were absent from the meeting.
McMurray Métis asked for the funding last month after the project’s original $44-million price tag increased to more than $74.7 million. McMurray Métis CEO Bill Loutitt told council the rising cost of building materials, especially wood, inflated the budget.
More than $34.2 million in project funds have been secured, with $33 million split between a provincial grant and McMurray Métis. The organization plans on spending more than $18 million of its own money on construction. An application for a $25 million federal grant has been made.
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