Aquatic Centre Committed to Reducing Dependence on Municipal Financing
The Canada Games Aquatic Centre recognises the financial pressures facing the City of Saint John. That is why we have been taking steps to reduce our annual operating deficit. We are eager to work with the Regional Facilities Commission to meet goals and continue offering top-quality swim programs and fitness services to the residents and families in the Greater Saint John Region and beyond.
The Aquatic Centre receives core funding for operational costs through the Regional Facilities Commission, made up of the municipalities of Saint John, Grand Bay-Westfield, Rothesay, and Quispamsis. Our biggest government contribution comes from the City of Saint John. With its coming budget challenges, we need to be part of the solution and are working to reduce our funding needs to a level that is affordable.
The Aquatic Centre has always run a deficit, but we have committed to and implemented an ambitious plan to reduce the amount of municipal funding required to operate. Through further efforts, we believe we can get to the level of funding suggested in the City Manager’s report to Common Council last night.
“We understand that to be competitive in attracting and retaining residents, municipalities have to offer high-quality services and amenities,’ said Shalene Losier, Chair of the Saint John Aquatic Centre Commission, the body that operates the Aquatic Centre. “We believe facilities like the Aquatic Centre play an important role making our region a place where people want to live and work. We also understand that, as a facility, we need to operate within our means and also grow our business. We’ve made a lot of progress in the last 18 months. We’ll have to be more aggressive to meet the City’s goals, but we see this as a positive for our facility and our region - and we’re up to the challenge.”
As the only 50-metre pool in New Brunswick, the Canada Games Aquatic Centre is an economic driver through sports tourism with swim meets and events bringing 100s of thousands of dollars into the Greater Saint John region annually.
“We’re grateful for the support from our local municipalities,” said Stephen Smith, General Manager of the Canada Games Aquatic Centre. “Our membership is up since last year, we’ve increased our revenues, and we’re actively lowering our deficit. We’ve done a lot of work toward running our business more efficiently. Budget cuts aren’t fun for anyone, but we certainly understand why they’re necessary, and we’re eager to get to work ensuring we can continue to offer high-quality programs and services that encourage active living for all ages and abilities in Saint John, Grand Bay-Westfield, Rothesay, and Quispamsis.”
The Canada Games Aquatic Centre serves fitness and competition clients in the Greater Saint John region and as far as Nova Scotia, PEI, Quebec, and Maine. It has complete indoor access via Saint
John's pedway connection to shopping, dining, and accommodations. The 50-metre competition pool has two one-meter springboards, two three-meter springboards, and one five-meter diving platform.
The facility also houses a leisure pool, hot tubs, massage therapy, fitness centre and gym with a full line of MATRIX Selectorized units, treadmills, bikes, ellipticals, rowers, stepmills and free weights.
General Manager, Canada Games Aquatic Centre