NEW WESTMINSTER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - March 8, 2013) - Today, the Honourable Lynne Yelich, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, announced support for the Royal City Curling Club under the Harper Government's Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund (CIIF).
"Through the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund, we are helping to boost economic activity by improving local infrastructure," said Minister Yelich. "With today's investment, our Government is creating jobs and growth, while supporting the prosperity of the community for years to come."
The Harper Government's investment of $63,000 will go towards repairing and upgrading the roof and interior wall paneling at the Royal City Curling Club. Renovations will also make the building more energy efficient through the addition of new insulation.
"This funding from the Government of Canada is really going to make a difference at the Royal City," said Michelle Spannier, Vice President of the Royal City Curling Club. "We are a great Club that hosts curlers at all levels, from school kids to world champions. We are known for our quality curling ice and promotion of the sport, but as a not for profit organization, maintaining a building that's close to 50 years old is challenging our resources and volunteers. This funding will help us make necessary repairs and upgrades, and ensure the Royal City Curling Club continues to offer the best curling environment."
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 accessible for use by the public, 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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