Western Economic Diversification Canada



Western Economic Diversification Canada

November 27, 2012 15:00 ET

Harper Government Creates Jobs and Growth With Improvements to Port Alice's Community Infrastructure

PORT ALICE, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Nov. 27, 2012) - Today, the Honourable John Duncan, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, on behalf of the Honourable Lynne Yelich, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, announced federal funding for the Port Alice Arena under the Harper Government's Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund (CIIF).

"Our Government is committed to creating jobs, growth and long-term prosperity in our communities," said Minister Duncan. "By improving facilities such as this, we are helping to boost economic activity and maintain a high quality of life for Canadians."

Funding of $50,000 will restore the exterior siding, paint all surfaces, replace emergency exit doors, repair the gutters and drains, and upgrade equipment sheds and the entrance canopy. These improvements are important for the Arena, which is the social hub for local residents for community gatherings and sports including hockey, curling, skating and off-season fitness programs.

"The Port Alice Arena is the recreational centre point of our community," explained Mayor Jan Allen, "Our residents depend on the programming that we provide there to keep fit and to raise healthy families who are actively engaged in the community. Programs like the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund are extremely important in helping small communities like ours to retain and renew our recreational infrastructure."

CIIF supports, on a cost-shared basis, repairs and improvements to existing community infrastructure accessible to the public. Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) is delivering the Fund in Western Canada with an allocation of $46.2 million over two years.

Since 2006, the Harper Government, through WD, has invested in job-creating small and medium-sized businesses, aerospace, marine and defence industries, and supported innovative entrepreneurs in pursuing emerging markets. By continuing to promote new economic opportunities, WD is helping to create jobs, economic growth, and long-term prosperity.

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Contact Information

  • Jaime Burke
    Regional Communications Manager
    Western Economic Diversification Canada
    Vancouver, British Columbia
    604-666-1318

    Madeline McDonald
    Administrator
    Village of Port Alice
    250-284-3391

    WD Toll-Free Number: 1-888-338-WEST (9378)
    Teletypewriter (TTY): 1-877-303-3388
    WD Website: www.wd-deo.gc.ca