Western Economic Diversification Canada

Western Economic Diversification Canada

July 24, 2015 15:33 ET

Harper Government Invests in Improvements to Winnipeg and Headingley's Community Infrastructure

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA--(Marketwired - July 24, 2015) - Western Economic Diversification Canada

Today, the Honourable Steven Fletcher, Member of Parliament for Charleswood - St. James - Assiniboia, on behalf of the Honourable Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, announced support of $589,149 for three projects benefitting the Winnipeg area 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 Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program celebrates our shared heritage and leaves a lasting legacy strengthening our communities.
  • The projects announced today recognize different facets of western Canadian history.

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 through the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program."

  • Honourable Steven Fletcher, Member of Parliament for Charleswood - St. James - Assiniboia

"Through support from the Canada 150 investment we will now be able to complete much needed refurbishments to some of Assiniboine Park's most iconic attractions including the Pavilion, the Lyric Theatre and the Leo Mol Sculpture Garden. We are extremely thankful to Western Economic Diversification for recognizing the important role these facilities have in the overall park-experience for our millions of visitors each year."

  • Don Peterkin, Chief Operations Officer, Assiniboine Park Conservancy

"We are deeply grateful for the funding provided by Western Economic Diversification Canada through the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program to enhance our educational facility. The upgrading of windows at 500 Shaftesbury Boulevard, a well-loved and recognized landmark in Winnipeg, will be of immense benefit to the preservation of the building's heritage and integrity. The Canada 150 funding will help ensure our students and the broader community ongoing access to the building for many years to come."

  • Cheryl Pauls, President, Canadian Mennonite University

"With funding from the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program, the Grand Trunk Trail Association is able to build a foot bridge for outdoor enthusiasts. This will truly create a legacy for the next 150 years promoting active transportation through the RM's of Cartier and Headingley. The support from Western Economic Diversification Canada and the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program is greatly appreciated."

  • Karl Gompf, Past Chair, Grand Trunk Trail Association

Related Products

  • Backgrounder: Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program

Manitoba Projects being launched today:

Funding Recipient Description Canada 150 Funding Amount
Assiniboine Park Conservancy Inc. Renovate the Lyric Theatre, Leo Mol Sculpture Garden and the Pavilion at Assiniboine Park $500,000
Canadian Mennonite University Rehabilitate the windows in the Heritage Building at the Canadian Mennonite University $50,000
Headingley Grand Trunk Trail Association Expand Grand Trunk Trail at Beaudry Park in Headingley $39,149

Additional Links

- National announcement: http://www.wd-deo.gc.ca/eng/18872.asp

- Canada 150: http://canada.pch.gc.ca/canada150

- WD Canada 150: http://www.wd-deo.gc.ca/eng/18872.asp

- Assiniboine Park: www.assiniboinepark.ca

- Canadian Mennonite University: http://www.cmu.ca/

- Headingley Grand Trunk Trail: http://www.mhrd.ca/headingley-grand-trunk-trail/02f0cb4a55d9646799bc3602f83d7e5a

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Contact Information

  • Lorne Pelletier
    Director, Policy, Planning and External Relations
    Western Economic Diversification Canada
    Winnipeg, Manitoba
    204-510-7659
    lorne.pelletier@wd-deo.gc.ca

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