Western Economic Diversification Canada

Western Economic Diversification Canada

October 21, 2014 14:00 ET

Government of Canada Invests in Infrastructure in Fort St. John

FORT ST. JOHN, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - Oct. 21, 2014) - Western Economic Diversification Canada

Today, Bob Zimmer, Member of Parliament for Prince George-Peace River, on behalf of the Honourable Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, announced over $249,000 in federal funding to the North Peace Airport Society, under the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund (CIIF), in support of water infrastructure upgrades to the North Peace Regional Airport.

Upgrades to the airport's water infrastructure include the replacement of valves, hydrants, and portions of the water line. These upgrades will allow the North Peace Regional Airport to conserve resources by eliminating system water loss, and ensure the reliability of fire response in the area.

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 North Peace Regional Airport serves as a vital link for the region's oil and gas industries.

  • The airport provides daily flights to Vancouver, Edmonton, and Calgary.

  • The North Peace Airport Society has owned the airport since 1997.

Quotes

"Our Government is pleased to announce its support for the North Peace Airport Society. Investments in vital infrastructure, such as the North Peace Regional Airport, ensure that the western Canadian economy can continue to grow and prosper."

- Bob Zimmer, Member of Parliament for Prince George-Peace River

"The North Peace Airport Society would like to thank the Honourable Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, for this CIIF funding. The investment by the federal government in the airport will allow us to replace aging infrastructure and reduce the demands on our water system."

- Fred Jarvis, Chairperson, North Peace Airport Society

Additional Links

- North Peace Regional Airport: http://www.fsjairport.com/

- Peace River Regional District: http://prrd.bc.ca/home.php

- Investments in the West - Community Economic Development: http://www.wd-deo.gc.ca/eng/106.asp

- Harper Government Invests in Improvements to Fort St. John's Community Infrastructure: http://www.wd-deo.gc.ca/eng/77_14215.asp

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Contact Information

  • Emily Goucher
    Office of the Minister
    Western Economic Diversification Canada
    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

    Fran Haughian
    Communications Manager / Commission Liaison
    Peace River Regional District
    Fort St. John, British Columbia
    250-785-8084
    fran.haughian@prrd.bc.ca

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