Ontario Liberals Deliver the Belli Bubble for Sudbury

Ontario Government Commits $4M to Fund Public Sports Complex and Provide Year-Round Space for Kids and Adults to be Active

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Thanks to funding included in the 2018 Provincial Budget, people of all ages and abilities in Greater Sudbury will have access to a new year-round recreation complex where they can meet, play and compete.

Today, MPP Glenn Thibeault was joined by Norm Blaseg, Director of Education, Rainbow District School Board, Al Sizer, Deputy Mayor of the City of Sudbury, and members of the Fabio Belli Foundation, to announce that the government is committing $4 Million for the building of a new not-for-profit sports facility, in partnership with the Rainbow District School Board and the City of Sudbury.

Named after late city councillor Fabio Belli, the new public facility will be available for many different sports and activities and will provide much needed space so that people of all ages can share in the joy of sport.

Investing in infrastructure that will allow people to be active and have a healthy lifestyle is part of the government's plan to support care, create opportunity, and make life more affordable during this period of rapid economic change. This government’s plan includes the biggest expansion of the Ontario Health Insurance Plan in a generation, providing free prescription drugs for everyone under 25, and 65 or over. It also includes free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, a higher minimum wage with better working conditions, and easier access to affordable child care.


“In Sudbury, we are always looking to find ways to be more active and engaged with our neighbours, but our northern winters make it challenging to participate in sports year-round. This investment by our government will help to create space so that everyone will be able to enjoy sports and recreation in any month, no matter the weather.”

Glenn Thibeault, MPP – Sudbury

"On behalf of the City of Greater Sudbury, I want to thank Minister Thibeault on behalf of the Government of Ontario, the Belli Family, the Fabio Belli Foundation as well as the Rainbow District School Board for supporting this exciting recreation opportunity in our community. The late Councillor Fabio Belli long envisioned a multi-sport facility that could accommodate more sporting activities throughout the winter and this facility will certainly benefit our community and provide many more opportunities for members of our community to be engaged."

Mayor Brian Bigger, City of Greater Sudbury

"As educators, we are pleased to have been invited to be one of the partners with the Fabio Belli Foundation to create a much-needed year round recreational facility for our community. With the provincial funding made possible by Sudbury MPP Glenn Thibeault, we have an opportunity to cover the proposed artificial turf behind Lasalle Secondary School to provide a space for sports and physical activity in all seasons. With the support of the Province of Ontario, the Fabio Belli Foundation and the City of Greater Sudbury, we can now bring this project back to our board of trustees for their consideration. Pending approval of the board, we can include the multi-purpose sports facility in the redevelopment plans for Lasalle Secondary School and turn the collective vision into reality for the children, young people, older adults and families throughout our community."

Norm Blaseg, Director of Education, Rainbow District School Board

“Good news for the health and wellness of all citizens of the City of Greater Sudbury. The Fabio Belli Foundation is proud to be part of this special venture that will create opportunities for citizens to participate in a variety of activities indoors. Building an indoor multi-use facility will enable us to keep Fabio’s Legacy alive and fulfil his vision. The Foundation looks to continue his passionate work by advocating for, creating and maintaining accessible facilities and programs. We hope to continue to forge links with other like-minded organizations and individuals in the community”

Dino Moretta, The Fabio Belli Foundation