Prime Minister Justin Trudeau quietly visited Peterborough on Thursday afternoon (February 8) where he toured the city’s new $10-million net zero carbon fire station under construction at 100 Marina Boulevard and met with firefighters.
The visit was not included on the Prime Minister’s official itinerary for Thursday and media were not invited to attend.
Photos posted on social media by the City of Peterborough show Trudeau with Peterborough mayor Jeff Leal, the city’s chief administrative officer Jasbir Raina, Peterborough County warden Bonnie Clark, and Peterborough Fire Services chief Chris Snetsinger, among others.
The prime minister’s office also posted photos on social media of Trudeau meeting with firefighters at the station.
Trudeau’s visit comes two weeks after the federal government and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities announced the city will be receiving a total of $9.3 million in loans and grants through the Green Municipal Fund for the new fire station, located at the former location of Northcrest Arena.
The new facility will replace the existing Fire Station 2 on Carnegie Avenue, which was built in 1967, and will be the city’s first building designed, built, and certified as a zero carbon building for both performance and design categories. The green design is expected to save the city an estimated $24,270 per year in operational costs.