Infrastructure Canada

Infrastructure Canada

May 21, 2009 17:30 ET

Canada and Alberta Support Sports Hall of Fame in Calgary

Project will create jobs, boost local economy

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - May 21, 2009) - Canada's Minister of the Environment, Jim Prentice, Alberta's Minister of Culture and Community Spirit, Lindsay Blackett, and City of Calgary Mayor, David Bronconnier today announced that residents of Calgary will benefit from up to $30 million in joint federal-provincial-municipal investments to build the new Canada's Sports Hall of Fame facility in Calgary.

"Today, the Government of Canada joins Alberta and the City of Calgary in a joint investment for a key infrastructure project that will boost our economy and create jobs for Canadians," said Minister Prentice. "Thanks to the strong partnership between our three levels of government, we are working together to ensure that Alberta's economy remains strong and vibrant during these challenging economic times, while also creating a facility that will be enjoyed by many."

"Our sporting past forms an important piece of our cultural identity - at the community level, as a province, and as a nation," said Minister Blackett. "Alberta is proud to share in the telling of Canada's sporting history and heritage by being home to Canada's Sports Hall of Fame."

"Calgary is proud of our tradition to celebrate and recognize excellence in sports and culture," said Mayor Bronconnier. "Placing Canada's Sports Hall of Fame into this setting builds upon our strong athletics foundation, creating a world class destination to honour great Canadian athletes whose achievements provide a shared national pride and inspire others in achieving their goals."

Under Canada's Economic Action Plan and its Infrastructure Stimulus Fund, up to
$15 million in federal funding will go towards the new Calgary home of Canada's Sports Hall of Fame. The project is expected to have a significant economic impact in Calgary and help attract visitors to the city.

"Canada's Sports Hall of Fame is thrilled with the city of Calgary, the Province of Alberta and the Government of Canada for having the vision to provide the necessary financial support to build this dedicated Hall and Museum at Canada Olympic Park, in Calgary," said Keith Pelley, Chairman, Canada's Sports Hall of Fame. "Canada deserves a distinguished place where we can celebrate and acknowledge our Canadian sport heroes and their amazing stories."

The new federal $4-billion Infrastructure Stimulus Fund provides funding to provincial, territorial and municipal construction-ready infrastructure rehabilitation projects that will be built during this year's and next year's construction seasons.

Canada, Alberta and the City of Calgary are working together to create jobs and boost the economy, while making significant investments that help communities improve their infrastructure. All levels of government have agreed to work together to ensure that these funds are delivered quickly and efficiently to municipalities in Alberta.

The Government of Canada's 2009 Economic Action Plan is accelerating and expanding the existing federal investment of $33 billion in infrastructure across Canada with almost $12 billion in new infrastructure stimulus funding over the next two years.

For more information on Canada's Economic Action Plan, please visit www.actionplan.gc.ca. The website www.creatingjobs.gc.ca has more information on federal infrastructure investments in Alberta.

BACKGROUNDER

SUPPORT FOR CANADA'S SPORTS HALL OF FAME

Through Canada's Economic Action Plan, the federal government has established a new $4-billion Infrastructure Stimulus Fund that provides funding to provincial, territorial and municipal construction-ready infrastructure rehabilitation projects. Funding is available for two years for projects that will be built during the 2009 and 2010 construction seasons.

The Government of Canada, the Government of Alberta and the City of Calgary are setting aside a joint investment of up to $30 million to support the construction of a new Sports Hall of Fame in Calgary. This project includes a 40,000-square-foot venue to highlight the nation's different sports and to celebrate the achievements of Canadian athletes, tell their stories and display their artifacts.

The total cost of the project is approximately $30 million. The federal government will consider an investment of up to a maximum contribution of $15 million of total eligible costs. The Government of Alberta is committing up to $10 million, and the City of Calgary is committing $5 million. The balance of the funding will be provided by the corporate and private sectors.

This investment will provide community-wide benefits, such as:

- generating significant economic impacts;

- contributing to improving the quality of life of local resident;

- generating direct and indirect employment opportunities; and,

- promoting sport activities that can improve the health of Canadians and strengthen Canadian communities.

In addition, this investment provides immediate economic stimulus and long-term sustainability.

Federal financial support for Canada's Sports Hall of Fame is conditional on the signature of appropriate agreements.

Contact Information

  • Office of Canada's Minister of State for Transport
    Chris Hilton
    Press Secretary
    613-991-0700
    or
    Infrastructure Canada
    613-948-1148
    or
    Alberta Culture and Community Spirit
    Shawna Cass
    Communications
    780-427-6530
    or
    City of Calgary
    Office of the Mayor
    Marc Henry
    Chief of Staff
    403-268-5622
    or
    Tourism Calgary
    Marco De Iaco
    Vice-President, Sport, Culture & Major Events
    Cell 403-614-2032