A massive renovation is about to happen at the Gretna Arena. 

The federal government announced Wednesday that it is investing $798,000 to support the project, which will make the facility more energy-efficient, through its Green and Inclusive Community Buildings (GICB) program. 

“Arenas are at the heart of small towns across Canada. These important renovations to the Gretna arena will ensure more people have access to their local rink and save the Municipality of Rhineland money on electricity and water use," said The Honourable Dan Vandal, Minister of Northern Affairs, Minister responsible for PrairiesCan and Minister responsible for CanNor, on behalf of the Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities.

"This grant allows the Local Urban District of Gretna to rehabilitate the Gretna arena facility, in order to continue to meet the needs of both current and future residents of the community. The project will improve the energy efficiency, require safety upgrades, and create a more accessible space," added Don Wiebe, Reeve for the Municipality of Rhineland.

The Municipality is contributing $435,500 to the project as well. 

Planned upgrades include improved roof and insulation, the replacement of all exterior doors and windows, upgraded ventilation, and the replacement of old, outdated fixtures with new low-flow fixtures to also improve water conservation. Once complete, these enhancements are expected to reduce the facility's energy consumption by an estimated 30.7% and greenhouse gas emissions by 0.17 tonnes annually.

In addition, further upgrades will also improve accessibility of the facility. Signage will be installed and renovations to the public washrooms will make the building more accessible to residents with disabilities. Building safety will also be enhanced through the installation of non-slip flooring in the viewing area and washrooms, and upgrades to the fire safety and exiting system.

The GICB program was created in support of Canada’s Strengthened Climate Plan: a Healthy Environment and a Healthy Economy, supporting the Plan’s first pillar through the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, the increase of energy efficiency, and higher resilience to climate change. It is providing $1.5 billion over five years towards green and accessible retrofits, repairs or upgrades.

By investing in infrastructure, the Government of Canada says it is growing our country’s economy, building resilient communities, and improving the lives of Canadians.