Western Economic Diversification Canada

Western Economic Diversification Canada
Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program

Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program

July 30, 2015 11:22 ET

Harper Government Invests in Improvements to Lethbridge and Magrath's Community Infrastructure

LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA--(Marketwired - July 30, 2015) - Western Economic Diversification Canada

Today, Jim Hillyer, Member of Parliament for Lethbridge, on behalf of the Honourable Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, announced support of $686,786 for three projects benefitting the City of Lethbridge and the Town of Magrath under the Government of Canada's Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program.

In Economic Action Plan 2015, the Government of Canada announced further support for communities with the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program. Thanks to a commitment of $150 million, communities from coast to coast to coast will see support for improvements to local infrastructure, creating a lasting legacy as Canada prepares to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017.

The Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program will help fund renovations, expansions and rehabilitations to existing infrastructure that provides community and cultural benefits for the public. The Program represents one of several infrastructure-related initiatives that the Government of Canada has undertaken to generate well-being and prosperity across Canada.

Quick Facts

  • The Main Branch of the Lethbridge Public Library has over 500,000 visitors annually.
  • Lethbridge Family Services is a private non-profit community agency that supports and encourages healthy family life, currently serving over 5,000 individuals and families.
  • Canada's first large-scale irrigation system was inaugurated with the opening of the Magrath head-gates in the Galt Canal. In 1899, the head-gates of the irrigation system were officially designated by the Government of Canada as a National Historic site.
  • The Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program is one of several infrastructure-related initiatives that the Government of Canada has undertaken to generate well-being and prosperity in communities across Canada.

Quotes

"The 150th anniversary of Confederation is a great opportunity to celebrate Canada's rich history and heritage, and to look forward to its promising future by improving and renewing community infrastructure across the West. With our investments in community buildings and spaces across the West we are helping to strengthen our towns and cities while creating jobs and growth."

- Jim Hillyer, Member of Parliament for Lethbridge

"As an organization that has been supporting the most vulnerable since 1910, Lethbridge Family Services is honoured to be a recipient of this contribution. It will enable our agency to upgrade necessary infrastructure to help Southern Albertans for another century of service. We would like to thank the Government of Canada for this support and believing family is important."

- Melody Garner, Director, Advancement and Community Relations

"We are very excited to receive this investment towards the building infrastructure maintenance and renovation of the Main Branch Modernization Project. This project will revitalize Lethbridge's Downtown Library and result in an exceptional, functional facility centred on the experience of the library user. As the Main Branch is used intensely (close to 500,000 people last year), it's vital to maximize our space and add new capabilities, while still maintaining the integrity and appeal of this exciting downtown building. "

- Tony Vanden Heuvel, CEO, Lethbridge Public Library

"The Town of Magrath is grateful to our MP, Jim Hillyer, and to the Government of Canada for the commitment of $100,000 for the upgrade of the irrigation head-gates structure tied to its historic Galt Canal. This National Historic Site and event area and associated trail commemorates the forward thinking of Sir Alexander Galt, his son Elliott Galt, and son-in-law, Charles Magrath, in the founding of the irrigation works located in the region south of Lethbridge which opened this part of southern Alberta to settlement in the late 19th century."

- Gerry Baril, Councillor, Town of Magrath

Alberta Projects being launched today:

Funding Recipient Description Canada 150 Funding Amount
Lethbridge Family Services Upgrade electrical utilities and install new flooring $86,786
Lethbridge Public Library Enhance accessibility of the main Main Branch of the Lethbridge Public Library and update millwork $500,000
Town of Magrath Restore historic head-gate structure in the Galt Canal $100,000

Additional Links

- Canada 150

- WD Canada 150

- Lethbridge Public Library

- Lethbridge Family Services

- Town of Magrath

- Magrath Head-Gates

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Contact Information

  • Donna Kinley
    Regional Communications Manager
    Western Economic Diversification Canada
    780-495-6892
    donna.kinley@wd-deo.gc.ca

    Melody Garner
    Director, Advancement and Community Relations
    Lethbridge Family Services
    403-894-1005
    mgarner@lfsfamily.ca

    Elizabeth Hegerat
    Associate Director: Service Development
    Lethbridge Public Library
    403-320-4187
    Elisabeth.hegerat@lethlib.ca

    Wade Alston
    Chief Administrative Officer
    Town of Magrath
    403-758-3212
    wade@magrath.ca

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