Province is also moving forward with infrastructure projects in Lakeshore, Middlesex, and Warwick

STRATHROY – Today, Monte McNaughton, MPP for Lambton-Kent-Middlesex announced $120,000 in joint funding for the final piece of the Kineto Theatre renovations in Forest. Following several improvements, including linking two heritage buildings together and upgrades to make the facility fully accessible to patrons with disabilities, the last piece is an update to the front façade and a marquee that will stretch across the building. 

“For more than 100 years, the Kineto Theatre has been an institution in Forest and a cultural landmark for southwestern Ontario,” said MPP McNaughton. “Today’s announcement is another example of how our government is getting it done and ensures the Kineto Theatre gets a marquee befitting of such an iconic gathering place in the community.”

This investment is made through the Community, Culture, and Recreation Stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program. The Government of Ontario is investing almost $40,000 toward the project, while the Government of Canada is contributing $48,000.

“The Kiwanis Club of Forest is thrilled with the approval of funding for the final phase of the expansion and renovation of the historic Kineto Theatre,” said Ruth Illman, Kiwanis Club Spokesperson. “Kiwanis appreciates the support of both the provincial and federal levels of government to bring our vision for the Kineto to reality. Putting the finishing touches on this popular and well-used community hub will transform the look of our rural downtown and be a source of pride for the entire community.”

Separately, MPP McNaughton announced today that the province is investing over $4 million in four projects to improve infrastructure in southwestern Ontario including:

  • Upgrading the 13-acre River ridge Park by installing an accessible splash pad, making the trails, pathways, playground equipment, and washrooms accessible to people with disabilities, expanding parking, and planting new trees.
  • Rehabilitating the Parkhill Main Street Watermain and reconstructing the road above the water main to improve traffic flow, walk-ability, and marketability of the Parkhill district in North Middlesex.
  • Installing backup power for the Southwest Middlesex Reservoir.
  • Replacing the Sunset Avenue, John Street, Erie Street, and St. Clair Street water mains in Warwick, to improve water pressure and reduce water loss.

These projects are a part of a joint investment towards 144 water infrastructure projects across Ontario that will provide residents with safer and more reliable drinking water and drinking water infrastructure. The Government of Ontario is providing more than $140.5 million in these projects, Infrastructure Canada is investing more than $190.2 million, while recipients are contributing more than $108.5 million.

Quick facts

  • The Kineto Theatre project is part of a joint investment towards 12 community, culture and recreation infrastructure projects across Ontario that will provide residents with access to modern and accessible recreation facilities to connect with others, enjoy cultural events and stay active and healthy.
  • For its part, Ontario is investing over $10.2 billion to improve public transit; community, culture and recreation; green infrastructure as well as other priority infrastructure, including across rural and northern communities.
  • Over the next 10 years, Ontario has planned overall investments of more than $158.8 billion to support access to quality, reliable high-speed internet, and the construction, rehabilitation and modernization of new schools, hospitals, public transit, roads and bridges.
  • Getting shovels in the ground on critical infrastructure projects is part of the Ontario government’s plan to build strong and resilient communities, stimulating job creation and boosting economic growth while protecting health and safety of people across the province.



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