FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The North Peace Arena is set to receive much needed repairs, and upgrades as the federal and provincial governments announced funding for the facility Tuesday.

The $859,000 grant will cover replacing the roof, and interior lighting with LED lights, and installing new air handling units and the roof exhaust fans.

There are eight other infrastructure projects in northern B.C. receiving a portion of over $5.7 million the governments have committed through the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program.

In total, Canada is contributing over $5.1 million, and B.C. is contributing over $615,000 for all nine projects. The federal government will cover $687,200 of the funding for the arena, while the province will contribute $171,800.

The City of Fort St. John Council advised staff to apply for the funding in January after Urban Systems informed the City that the repairs and upgrades would cost approximately $859,000.

The facility was closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and stayed closed after a contractor discovered the roof trusses were out of alignment while conducting exterior cladding upgrades.

No one has been allowed to enter the arena at the recommendation of a structural engineering firm.