The McCain Foundation Donates $200,000 in Support of the Town of Coaldale’s New Recreation Centre


Donations to the Coaldale STRONG! Capital Campaign help ensure that Coaldale’s new multi-use recreation centre is fully stocked with equipment required to facilitate full programming upon opening in spring, 2024.


Thanks to a generous $200,000 donation from the McCain Foundation, the Coaldale STRONG! Capital Campaign is getting closer to reaching its goal of generating $2 million in philanthropic support for Coaldale’s new multi-use recreation centre.

Established in 1993, the McCain Foundation is a philanthropic organization that focuses on improving the lives of people in communities where McCain Foods employees live and work. In 2000, Coaldale was fortunate enough to become one of these communities and has benefited ever since. The McCain processing plant, which is located just outside of Coaldale, now employs over 200 people – many of whom reside in Coaldale.

“The McCain Foundation believes accessible, recreation opportunities are fundamental to healthy living, and especially needed in rural communities like Coaldale,” said Linda McCain, Chair of the McCain Foundation. “We are happy to be among the many supporters of Coaldale’s new multi-use recreation centre.”

Once operational, Coaldale’s new recreation centre will stand as a centrepiece for recreation, sports, and special events in Southern Alberta. It will also serve as a hub for the local community. Programming will be designed to attract participation from all ages and will consist not only of activities directed towards enhancing people’s quality of life, but also, of activities directed towards growing Coaldale’s economic prosperity.

“For over two decades, McCain Foods and the McCain Foundation have supported the Town of Coaldale. McCain Foods continues to bolster the local economy by providing jobs for our residents, while the McCain Foundation continues to support the community by providing funds for projects like McCain Park and now, our multi-use recreation centre,” said Coaldale Mayor Jack Van Rijn. “We are extremely thankful for the McCain Foundation’s donation, which will help ensure that we can hit the ground running as soon as the rec centre opens and offer full programming to the community.”