Western Economic Diversification Canada



Western Economic Diversification Canada

November 15, 2012 14:30 ET

Harper Government Invests in Improvements to Infrastructure in the Skeena-Bulkley Valley Region

SMITHERS, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Nov. 15, 2012) - Today, the Honourable Lynne Yelich, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, announced federal funding for five projects in the Skeena-Bulkley Valley Region under the Harper Government's Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund (CIIF).

"Our Government, through the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund, is continuing to support the Skeena-Bulkley Valley Region and communities like it across Canada," said Minister Yelich. "The projects announced today will help create jobs, growth and long-term prosperity."

Federal funding of more than $242,000 is being provided through the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund (CIIF). The projects include upgrades to the Hankin-Evelyn backcountry ski society, renovations to the Kermode Friendship Centre in Terrace, expansion of the community trail in the Village of Granisle, upgrades to the Moricetown Sports Fields, and conversion of the Burns Lake Band high school into a multi-purpose facility.

"The Bulkley Backcountry Ski Society would like to thank Minister Yelich and the Government of Canada for supporting the Hankin-Evelyn Backcountry Recreation area," said Leanne Helkenberg, Chair, Bulkley Backcountry Ski Society. "These funds will be used for road, trail and cabin maintenance to help keep the Hankin-Evelyn Backcountry Recreation area accessible to locals and tourists from around the world. This project has helped to increase the economic potential of backcountry recreation in the region by providing easy access, and heightened awareness of the world class outdoor pursuits that the Bulkley Valley has to offer."

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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Backgrounder

Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund

Through the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund (CIIF), the Harper Government has committed to creating jobs and supporting communities through repairs and improvements to existing community facilities. Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) is delivering the Fund in Western Canada with an allocation of $46.2 million over two years.

Five CIIF projects are set to take place in the Skeena Bulkley Valley Region, with funding allocated as follows:

Funding Recipient Project Description Federal
Contribution
(CIIF)
Total
Cost
Bulkley Backcountry Ski Society (BBSS) BBSS will upgrade the Hankin-Evelyn backcountry ski area. Funding will help install new signage and safety equipment, remove hazardous trees from the trails, and improve road access. $68,000 $136,000
Kermode Friendship Society The recipient will upgrade the Friendship Centre in Terrace. This project involves replacing all the windows in the Friendship Centre to ensure the continued safe operation of the facility. $5,000 $10,000
Village of Granisle The Village of Granisle will expand the current winter community trail into a multi-seasonal trail, making it safe for residents of all ages and abilities. $51,153 $102,306
Moricetown Band The recipient will upgrade the Moricetown Sports Fields. Project activities include replacing the baseball dugouts and stands, sections of the fence, and renovating the announcing booth. $45,300 $90,600
Burns Lake Band The Burns Lake Band will upgrade an high school into a multi-purpose facility. Project activities will include replacing the heating system with new boilers and hot water radiators and renovating an area for a community kitchen. $72,642 $145,284
Total: $242,095 $484,190

More information on the delivery of the Fund in each region is available by contacting each regional development agency. In Western Canada, please visit www.wd-deo.gc.ca for further details.

Contact Information

  • Jerra Kosick
    Office of the Minister
    Western Economic Diversification
    613-954-8097

    Ian Sharpe
    Funding Coordinator
    Bulkley Backcountry Ski Society
    250-847-7251

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