Western Economic Diversification Canada

Western Economic Diversification Canada

December 19, 2012 13:00 ET

Harper Government Invests in Alberni-Clayoquot's Community Infrastructure to Create Jobs and Economic Growth

SPROAT LAKE, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Dec. 19, 2012) - Today, Dr. James Lunney, Member of Parliament for Nanaimo-Alberni, on behalf of the Honourable Lynne Yelich, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, announced federal funding for upgrades to the tennis court and baseball field at Cougar Smith Community Park in Sproat Lake under the Harper Government's Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund (CIIF).

"By improving facilities such as this, we are helping to boost economic activity while enhancing our community assets," said Dr. Lunney. "With today's investment, our Government is demonstrating our commitment to creating jobs, growth and long-term economic prosperity."

With $35,000 in federal funding, the Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District will remove problematic tree roots, resurface the tennis courts, install an irrigation system, and grade and reseed the baseball field. The Regional District will also repave the entry path for wheel chair accessibility to the courts and ball field. Not only will these new components replace aging ones, but they will increase safety for users and allow persons of all abilities to access the facilities.

"The Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District and the Sproat Lake Parks Commission would like to sincerely thank the Government of Canada for this funding," stated Cindy Solda, Chair of the Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District. "Improving the infrastructure at Cougar Smith Park help will provide a safer and greener local recreational venue for community residents and visitors of all ages and abilities. This will allow local teams and individuals to utilize the improved field and tennis court for sporting events and personal health within the community."

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

    Janice Hill
    Environmental Services Assistant
    Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District
    Port Alberni, British Columbia
    250-720-2714

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