Western Economic Diversification Canada

Western Economic Diversification Canada
Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program

Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program

January 18, 2017 16:30 ET

Communities in Southern Alberta receive over $4.8 million in celebration of Canada's 150th anniversary of Confederation

Western Economic Diversification Canada's 150 Community Infrastructure Program and Canadian Heritage's Canada 150 Fund and Canada Cultural Spaces Fund invests in 10 projects that celebrate our communities and shared heritage

LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA--(Marketwired - Jan. 18, 2017) - Western Economic Diversification Canada

Ten community projects in Southern Alberta will receive a total of over $4.8 million through the Government of Canada's Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program, Canada 150 Fund and Canada Cultural Spaces Fund to help communities modernize local recreation facilities, as well as improve social and cultural infrastructure and programs.

These three programs are part of Canada 150 Celebrates, the Government of Canada's celebration of our country's 150th anniversary of Confederation. Budget 2016 provided an additional $150 million over two years to Canada's Regional Development Agencies and $168.2 million over two years through Canadian Heritage's Canada Cultural Spaces Fund to deliver community funding across the country.

Through investments in community, social and cultural infrastructure and programs, the Government of Canada is supporting the legacy of many Canadians who have invested their time, energy and spirit into improving the cultural and recreational opportunities for people of all ages within their communities.

Quotes

"The Government of Canada's vision for the 150th anniversary of Confederation is to empower communities throughout the country. The renewed facilities and programs not only respond to the demand for community infrastructure improvements, but also leave a lasting legacy beyond 2017."

- Darshan Kang, Member of Parliament for Calgary Skyview, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister Canada responsible for Western Economic Diversification Canada; and the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage

"We are very grateful for the funding we have received from the federal government towards important renovations at our Yates Theatre. This support has helped fast track upgrades that will offer better accessibility, enhanced technology and a more comfortable and enjoyable theatre experience for both audiences and performers. These changes ensure the Yates can continue providing excellent entertainment and cultural experiences to residents and visitors for years to come."

- His Worship Chris Spearman, Mayor, City of Lethbridge

Stay Connected

Twitter: @WD_Canada, @canada150th, @MinisterISED, @CdnHeritage, @LethbridgeCity.

Hashtag: #Canada150

Website: WD Homepage, Canada 150 Homepage, City of Lethbridge

Facebook: @canada150th

Instagram: @canada150

WD Toll-Free Number: 1-888-338-WEST (9378)

TTY (telecommunications device for the hearing impaired): 1-877-303-3388

Additional Links

- Western Economic Diversification Canada: Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Fund

- Canadian Heritage: Canada 150 Fund

- Backgrounder: The 150th Anniversary of Confederation in 2017

- Backgrounder: Government of Canada Announces Support for Community Infrastructure in Alberta

Backgrounder

Government of Canada Invests in Southern Alberta's Community Infrastructure

Announcement by Darshan Kang, MP (Calgary Skyview) on behalf of the Hon. Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada and Minister responsible for Western Economic Diversification Canada, and the Hon. Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage.

Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program (Department of Western Economic Diversification Canada)

Budget 2016 provided an additional $150 million over two years to Canada's Regional Development Agencies to invest in local improvements to communities across the country, starting in 2016-17. A total of $46.2 million was allocated for projects across Western Canada (British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba). Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) is responsible for administering the program in the West.

Organization Project Location Federal Funding
Magrath Curling Club Renovate the curling club facility Magrath, AB $32,527
Medicine Hat Curling Club Ltd. Replace the roof and HVAC system of the Medicine Hat Curling Club Medicine Hat, AB $160,000
Town of Bow Island Upgrade the swimming pool Bow Island, AB $109,300
Town of Cardston Upgrade the swimming pool Cardston, AB $250,000
Town of Granum Rehabilitate recreational facility Granum, AB $100,000
Town of Nanton Rehabilitate Tom Hornecker Recreation Centre curling rink Nanton, AB $25,500
Town of Pincher Creek Enhance the Pincher Creek Multi-Purpose Facility through addition of spray park Pincher Creek, AB $463,000
University of Lethbridge Upgrade the Max Bell Regional Aquatic Centre at the University of Lethbridge Lethbridge, AB $180,000

Canada 150 Fund (Department of Canadian Heritage)

The Government of Canada established the Canada 150 Fund to create opportunities for Canadians to participate in local, regional, and national celebrations that will provide lasting legacies for future generations.

With a budget of $200 million, the Canada 150 Fund has allowed hundreds of organization to submit funding applications for activities that will mark the 150th anniversary of Confederation.

Organization Project Location Federal Funding
City of Lethbridge Saint-Laurent & Lethbridge: 50 ans D'amitié - 50 Years of Friendship Lethbridge, AB $79,000

Canada Cultural Spaces Fund (Department of Canadian Heritage)

The Canada Cultural Spaces Fund (CCSF) program seeks to improve physical conditions for artistic creativity and arts presentation or exhibition. It is also designed to increase access for Canadians to performing, visual, and media arts, and to museum collections and heritage displays.

Organization Project Location Federal Funding
City of Lethbridge Genevieve E. Yates Theatre Renewal Lethbridge, AB $3,500,000

TOTAL FEDERAL INVESTMENT ANNOUNCED: $4,899,327

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Contact Information

  • Carolina Calderon
    Acting Regional Communications Manager, Alberta Region
    Western Economic Diversification Canada
    780-495-6892
    carolina.calderon@canada.ca

    Pierre-Olivier Herbert
    Press Secretary
    Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    819-997-7788

    Media Relations
    Canadian Heritage
    819-994-9101
    1-866-569-6155
    pch.media-media.pch@canada.ca

    Tara Grindle
    Communications Consultant
    City of Lethbridge
    Lethbridge, Alberta
    403-320-3910
    tara.grindle@lethbridge.ca