$50M in Federal stimulus money went to fixing church floor, curling club

The West Park Baptist Church in London, Ont. on Thursday December 19, 2013.DEREK RUTTAN/QMI Agency

The West Park Baptist Church in London, Ont. on Thursday December 19, 2013.DEREK RUTTAN/QMI Agency

Kelly Pedro, The London Free Press

, Last Updated: 9:56 PM ET

LONDON, Ont. -- Federal money that was supposed to create jobs in this province went into renos -- to replace roofs, furnaces, water tanks, even a gymnastics club floor -- and the government admits it has little idea what bang taxpayers got for their bucks.

The feds spent $50 million on Ontario community projects this year and last, through the Federal Economic Development Agency for Ontario, also known as FedDev Ontario.

The money, from a community infrastructure improvement fund, went into everything from roof and flooring fixes for some local churches to expanding a Toronto curling club to putting in a new floor at a Burlington gymnastics club.

It appears some of the renos would have gone ahead even if taxpayers hadn't ponied up, calling into question their value.

The Canadian Taxpayers' Federation, calling it "an enormous waste of taxpayer money," isn't impressed.

 


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