Western Economic Diversification Canada

Western Economic Diversification Canada

October 03, 2014 17:30 ET

Harper Government Invests in Community Infrastructure in Richmond

RICHMOND, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - Oct. 3, 2014) - Western Economic Diversification Canada

Today, the Honourable Alice Wong, Minister of State for Seniors, and Member of Parliament for Richmond, on behalf of the Honourable Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, announced $85,300 in federal funding to the City of Richmond, under the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund (CIIF) in support of infrastructure upgrades to the Gateway Theatre.

The investment allowed the Gateway Theatre to retrofit its heating system by installing a wastewater heat recovery system, and replacing the boiler. These upgrades increased energy efficiency, and reduced the theatre's operating costs.

In Economic Action Plan 2012, the Government of Canada announced further support to help communities across the country modernize their infrastructure. The Government committed $150 million over two years for the Fund. CIIF supported projects that aimed to improve existing community infrastructure accessible for use by the public, such as community centres, recreational buildings, local arenas, and further community and cultural facilities.

Quick Facts

  • The Gateway Theatre is Metro Vancouver's second largest theatre company.
  • The theatre's main stage hosts four annual productions.

Quotes

"Our Government is pleased to announce its support for the City of Richmond's Gateway Theatre. By modernizing the Theatre, we are ensuring that it continues to provide a tremendous benefit to community through performances and programming for years to come."

- The Honourable Alice Wong, Minister of State for Seniors, and Member of Parliament for Richmond

"The City of Richmond is strongly committed to being a sustainable community, which includes reducing our environmental footprint through reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and use of alternative energy sources. Innovations such as sewage heat recovery at Gateway Theatre, along with our award-winning district energy program are helping us to meet our goals and create a healthier environment today and for the future."

- His Worship Malcolm Brodie, Mayor of Richmond

"The Gateway Theatre is committed to raising the quality of life in Richmond through live performing arts. We thank Western Economic Diversification Canada and the City of Richmond for helping us to pursue our mission by installing an innovative and environmentally responsible heat recovery system."

- Jovanni Sy, Artistic Director, Gateway Theatre

Additional Links

- Gateway Theatre: https://www.gatewaytheatre.com/

- City of Richmond: http://www.richmond.ca/

- Harper Government Invests in Improvements to Richmond's Community Infrastructure: http://www.wd-deo.gc.ca/eng/77_14078.asp

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Contact Information

  • Emily Goucher
    Office of the Minister
    Western Economic Diversification
    613-954-8097
    emily.goucher@wd-deo.gc.ca

    Janet Chen
    Manager of Communications
    Western Economic Diversification Canada
    604-666-3395
    janet.chen@wd-deo.gc.ca

    Ted Townsend
    Senior Manager, Corporate Communications
    City of Richmond
    Richmond, British Columbia
    604-276-4399
    ttownsend@richmond.ca

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