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Western Economic Diversification Canada

July 24, 2015 17:00 ET

Government of Canada Invests in Improvements to Burnaby's Community Infrastructure

BURNABY, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - July 24, 2015) - Western Economic Diversification Canada

Today, Andrew Saxton, Member of Parliament for North Vancouver, on behalf of the Honourable Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, announced support of $1.2 million for three projects under the Government of Canada's Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program.

In Budget 2015, the Government of Canada announced further support to help communities across the country modernize their infrastructure. The Government committed $150 million for the Program, in order to provide significant support for community and cultural infrastructure across the country, as we celebrate Canada 150th anniversary of Confederation.

The Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program will help fund renovations, expansions and rehabilitations to existing infrastructure that provides community and cultural benefits for the public. The Program represents one of several infrastructure-related initiatives that the Government of Canada has undertaken to generate well-being and prosperity across Canada.

Quick Facts

  • The national Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program provides $150 million over two years to be delivered by regional development agencies across the country. It is part of the federal government's activities to honour Canada's 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017. WD is responsible for the distribution of $46,200,200 over two years for Western Canada.
  • The three projects being announced today total $1.2 million in funding under the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program, and will help improve existing community infrastructure in Burnaby.

Quotes

"Significant investment in community infrastructure is part of our Government's plan to proudly celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation. With our federal support, towns and cities from coast to coast will be able to preserve valuable public spaces, such as parks, trails, and community centres. These are the types of projects that unite and connect us all, and I'm pleased to see funding beginning to flow here in BC."

- Andrew Saxton, Member of Parliament for North Vancouver

"There is no better way to celebrate Canada's 150th anniversary of Confederation than by making improvements to our community infrastructure. This Federal support will help us to advance projects that improve the quality of life in our community and the services that citizens receive."

- Derek Corrigan, Mayor, City of Burnaby

Additional Links

- Backgrounder: Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program

- City of Burnaby

British Columbia Projects being launched today:

Proponent Description Canada 150 Funding Amount
City of Burnaby Upgrade Burnaby Central Park multi-use trail $500,000
City of Burnaby Upgrade Burnaby Willingdon urban trail $500,000
City of Burnaby Renovate and enhance the 2nd floor, Bob Prittie Metrotown Branch, Burnaby Public Library $200,000

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