Infrastructure Canada

Infrastructure Canada

February 01, 2010 09:31 ET

Canada Invests in Bruyere Centre for Immigrants of Ottawa

Investment will create jobs, improve community services for immigrants and refugees

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 1, 2010) - The Honourable John Baird, Canada's Transport and Infrastructure Minister and Member of Parliament for Ottawa West-Nepean, today announced that the Government of Canada will invest in the renovation of the Bruyère Centre for Immigrants in Ottawa, operated by the Catholic Immigration Centre (CIC) of Ottawa.

"Under the leadership of Prime Minister Stephen Harper, the Government of Canada is pleased to support the Catholic Immigration Centre and the renovation of the Bruyère Centre for Immigrants, which will assist newcomers in realizing their full potential in Canada," said Minister Baird. "As we enter Phase II of Canada's Economic Action plan, our priority will be to continue the rapid implementation of the Economic Action Plan and roll out the remaining stimulus projects across the country. At the same time, we are planning for deficit reduction once the economy has recovered, and we are building a strong foundation for job creation and economic growth."

"The funding provided with this initiative will relieve pressure and assist us to provide more services in a more accessible manner. It will expand our work space, bring us closer to the vision of a welcome centre with a full range of services, including the space for a health clinic and it will enhance our capacity to continue building a welcoming community," said Carl Nicholson, Executive Director, Catholic Immigration Centre.

The Bruyère Centre is a one-stop welcome centre for new arrivals to Ottawa where they can access a host of services. This project will improve the sustainability and life-cycle of the building by replacing the elevator, waterproofing the basement to prevent flooding, creating more office space, updating the HVAC system, and installing a catch basin and storm sewer line to the municipal sewer. These improvements will allow the CIC to hire more staff and provide more services, including a specialized wellness clinic. The renovations will allow the Centre to provide services to newcomers in a more efficient manner.

The total eligible cost of the project is $750,000. The Government of Canada will provide up to $375,000 from the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund, and the CIC will cover the remaining costs.

This project is one of nearly 1800 across Ontario that will break ground thanks to close to $1.3 billion in federal funding under the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund. Federal financial support comes from the $4-billion Infrastructure Stimulus Fund, which provides funding to provincial, territorial, municipal and community construction-ready infrastructure projects that can be completed by March 31, 2011.

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Contact Information

  • Office of Canada's Transport and Infrastructure Minister
    James Kusie
    Infrastructure Canada
    Catholic Immigration Centre
    Carl Nicholson
    613-232-9634 ext. 335