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A youngster checks out a structure in the Manitoba Children’s Museum in a file photo. The museum is one of many inner-city and northwest Winnipeg community groups and organizations to receive funding for various upgrades from the provincial government.

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A youngster checks out a structure in the Manitoba Children’s Museum in a file photo. The museum is one of many inner-city and northwest Winnipeg community groups and organizations to receive funding for various upgrades from the provincial government. Photo Store Photo Store

The province is funneling more than $600,000 from its recent PST hike to fund a number of construction projects being undertaken by 19 community groups across northwest Winnipeg and the inner city.

On Aug. 27, the province announced the funding at École Stanley Knowles School, which is receiving funds to build a new outdoor basketball court and set of bleachers, along with replacing court fencing and lighting.

"Building maintenance is expensive and, by helping fund renovations to public buildings and recreational facilities, we extend the use of gymnasiums and community centres, and allow their boards to commit their budgets to programs that benefit children, youth and families," Premier Greg Selinger said in a release.

Other groups getting money include:

• Gwen Secter Creative Living Centre for community centre rehabilitation.
• Maples Recreation Association for field and gym improvements.
• Central Winnipeg Community Impact for bathroom renovations.
• Garden City Community Centre for boardroom and bathroom upgrades, along with new windows.
• Artbeat Studio for entrance renovations.
• Luxton Community Centre for stucco finish upgrades.
• Ka Ni Kanichihk for foundation repairs.
• Aleph-Bet Child Life Enrichment Program for bathroom renovations.
• YMCA Winnipeg for renovations to its Youth Zone space.
• Knox United Church for kitchen and bathroom updates.
• Winnipeg Aboriginal Sport and Recreation Association for Game On Selkirk street rink upgrades.
• Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization of Manitoba for a rooftop garden.
• Amber Trails Residents Group for park retrofits.
• Shaughnessy Park School for a new teaching garden.
• Turtle Island Neighbourhood Centre for a new teen lounge and welcome area.
• Ralph Brown Community Centre for security upgrades.
• Northwood Community Centre for lighting, flooring and wall replacements.
• Manitoba Children’s Museum for HVAC upgrades.

The province is funding the upgrades through the Winnipeg Community Infrastructure Program, which is part of the province’s Building and Renewal Plan, funded by the one-point PST increase announced in the 2013 budget.

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