$500,000 OTF Grant Gives Stephen Township Arena new life


Exeter, ONTARIO – The Municipality of South Huron has received a $500,000 grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation to renovate the Stephen Township Arena. In operation since 1969, the Stephen Township Arena has a long history of serving the region as a community hub.  

“This investment by the Ontario Trillium Foundation brings new life to this beloved historical arena,” said Lisa Thompson, MPP for Huron-Bruce. “With these planned accessibility upgrades, everyone will be able to enjoy the Stephen Township Arena for generations to come.” 

This arena renovation project includes improvements to the front entrance to meet accessibility standards, replacing the sand floor with a cement pad, and replacing major components of the original refrigeration plant. These enhancements will enable the facility to be used year-round while extending its life. 

"The impact of this Ontario Trillium Foundation grant cannot be underestimated,” said Mayor George Finch, Mayor of South Huron. “On behalf of Council, I want to thank Ontario Trillium Foundation and the Province of Ontario for their support so our community can continue to make precious memories at the Stephen Township Arena.”  

The Municipality of South Huron is committed to preserving the Stephen Township Arena, ensuring that it remains accessible for many community activities over the course of the year. If you wish to enquire about using the space, please visit our website at SouthHuron.ca  

The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is an agency of the Government of Ontario, and one of Canada’s leading granting foundations. Last year, nearly $112M was invested into 1,384 community projects and partnerships to build healthy and vibrant communities and strengthen the impact of Ontario’s non-profit sector. In 2020/21, OTF supported Ontario’s economic recovery by helping non-profit organizations rebuild and recover from the impacts of COVID-19. Visit otf.ca to learn more.