Co-op Community Builder Campaign

Beginning of a New Chapter

Situated on Treaty Six lands in Northern Saskatchewan, Meadow Lake is a city that has a long-standing history of strength and dedication. From the indigenous people that predated Meadow Lake, to the fur trade, settlement and treaty that followed, our community grew to value hard-work, family and unity. The city we are today is a testament to the unwavering spirit of the individuals, families and groups that make up Meadow Lake’s story. 

On Jun 6, 2021, an important piece of Meadow Lake’s history was lost when our beloved arena was destroyed in a tragic fire. A significant chapter of our story was brought to a close as we mourned the loss of what was the hub of our community for over 45 years. Not just a structure, the arena was a place where countless memories were made, friendships formed, and community gathered. Yet, in the face of adversity, we stood together and worked quickly to move forward and find a solution. 

Today, we work to continue our story as we look forward to the building of the new Meadow Lake Recreation and Event Centre. From out of the ashes, we’ve been given opportunity to not only rebuild our arena, but to create a modern space where residents of Meadow Lake and neighbouring communities can gather to experience enhanced physical, cultural, and community activities for generations. Our plans are ambitious, but our resiliency and determination will see this vision realized as we set to open new doors in 2025. Together, we will begin a New Chapter for Meadow Lake. 

Writing a New Chapter

Given the increase of various recreational, cultural, and community-based activities we need a facility that serves a growing, diverse and engaged community. We need a vibrant hub where individuals, families, groups, and teams can gather, grow, and thrive. 

The Meadow Lake Recreation and Event Centre project is a state-of-the-art facility meticulously designed to meet the diverse needs and aspirations of our community — long term. Our floorplans reveal an exciting vision of what lies ahead. 

The Arena

At the heart of the facility stands a gleaming new ice rink that can comfortably accommodate up to 1500 spectators. With comfortable seating and outstanding acoustics, it promises an unparalleled experience for all and will support the making of lifelong memories at sporting and other events. 

The Multi-Purpose Field House

Adjacent to the arena, the multi-purpose field house is an expansive space that encapsulates versatility. Inside, a running and walking track will provide year-long access. The fieldhouse is designed to accommodate soccer, volleyball, pickleball, basketball games, and a wide variety of other indoor sports. However, the fieldhouse isn’t just a space for sports; it will be a canvas for countless community and event possibilities. 

The Community Event Centre

This new Community Event Centre, nestled on the second floor of the Co-op Centre’s dynamic facility, will serve a number of family and community events. With an estimated seated capacity of 350 and standing room for 500, this versatile space is designed to accommodate a wide range of activities. As a hub for creativity and collaboration, the Community Event Centre provides a new and modern space for increased community gatherings.

We see a future where our community gathers, where dreams take shape, and where bonds grow stronger. It’s a future of which we can all be part of and proud.


Significant funding sources have been secured, including $27.3 million combined from the federal and provincial government. As a city, we have committed $15 million to secure the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP) and a further $7.1 million for the field house. The fieldhouse was deemed very important by our user groups, and notably, the Rural Municipality (RM) has generously contributed $2.4 million towards that cause, showcasing their commitment to our shared vision. 

Importantly, a substantial portion of the City of Meadow Lake’s commitment will be covered by insurance, with $10.8 million already received with the potential for an additional $2-5 million. Yet, there’s work to be done. To meet the full scope of this project, a further $6 million will be needed*. Rather than increase municipal taxes to address this shortfall, or reduce the scope of planned work, we’re moving forward with this community fundraising campaign. Community support is crucial in fulfilling our project vision, which is exclusively dedicated to bolstering the vibrant world of recreation and wellness within our community.  

Funding in Millions of Dollars

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* This additional funding required is for the Field House, Rink and Event Centre alone. The funding for the new City Hall portion of this project is not part of this campaign. 

Co-op Matching All Donations

To show their support and dedication towards building strong communities, the Meadow Lake Co-op will be matching all donations up to a combined total of $500,000. Contribute today to help make the most of your donation!