09/12/2012 02:35 EDT | Updated 11/12/2012 05:12 EST

Mining financier donates $23M to Burnaby sports centre

B.C. mining magnate Scott Cousens made what is being called the largest donation in Canadian sports history — $23 million — to help pay for the completion of a multi-sport centre for excellence in Burnaby.

On Wednesday officials said the centre has been re-named the Fortius Athlete's Development Centre and is scheduled to be completed in the spring of 2013.

The centre will be a fully integrated sports medicine, science and training facility serving everyone from amateur to elite athletes. The total cost for the project is estimated to be $61 million.

The centre, which is being built near the Eight Rink facility, was originally scheduled to be completed four years ago but ran into financial difficulties.