Western Economic Diversification Canada

Western Economic Diversification Canada

January 10, 2013 16:00 ET

Harper Government Invests in Improvements to Community Infrastructure in Central Saskatchewan

LANIGAN, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwire - Jan. 10, 2013) - Today, the Honourable Lynne Yelich, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, announced federal funding for nine projects throughout central Saskatchewan under the Harper Government's Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund (CIIF).

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

Federal funding of more than $160,000 will benefit local residents with improvements to public buildings. The projects include upgrades to the Lanigan Recreation Complex, Allan and District Communiplex, Viscount Community Centre, Hanley Curling Club, RM of Usborne J. Eldon Bergey Community Centre, Colonsay and District Sports Centre, and Strongfield Hall and Rink, as well as renovations to the Watrous Arts Council gallery and Sun West School Division's Kenaston School gymnasium.

"The Lanigan Recreation Complex has been a place to meet and participate in sport, culture and recreation," said Lanigan Mayor Andrew Cebryk. "We welcome and appreciate this investment from the Government of Canada and Western Economic Diversification."

In Economic Action Plan 2012, the Harper Government announced further support to help communities across the country modernize their infrastructure. Our Government committed $150 million over two years for the Fund. The Fund supports projects that look to improve existing community infrastructure, such as community centres, recreational buildings, local arenas, cultural and other community facilities.

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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Nine CIIF projects are set to take place across Central Saskatchewan. Funding is allocated follows:

Funding Recipient Project Federal Contribution (CIIF) Total Cost
Town of Allan Upgrades to the Allan and District Communiplex curling rink. $15,150 $30,300
Town of Colonsay Colonsay and District Sports Centre upgrades to improve energy efficiency and increase safety. $26,498 $52,996
Town of Hanley Replace header and main pipe at the Hanley Curling Club. $8,150 $16,300
Town of Lanigan New lighting and roof improvements at Lanigan's Recreation Complex. $24,650 $49,300
Village of Strongfield Air conditioner for the Strongfield Hall and Rink. $5,150 $10,300
Sun West School Division New gymnasium floor, backboards and safety drop curtain at the Sun West School Division Kenaston. $30,300 $110,600
Rural Municipality (RM) of Usborne No. 310 Upgrades to the JEB Community Center to improve energy efficiency and accessibility. $31,375 $62,750
Town of Viscount New lighting and flooring at the Viscount Community Centre. $9,850 $19,700
Watrous and Area Arts Council Watrous Arts Council Gallery upgrades to improve energy efficiency. $11,611 $23,223
Total: $162,734 $375,469

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