Western Economic Diversification Canada

Western Economic Diversification Canada

October 07, 2014 14:00 ET

Harper Government Invests in Community Infrastructure in Fort Nelson

FORT NELSON, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - Oct. 7, 2014) - Western Economic Diversification Canada

Today, Bob Zimmer, Member of Parliament for Prince George-Peace River, on behalf of the Honourable Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, announced over $247,000 in federal funding to the Northern Rockies Regional Municipality, under the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund (CIIF) in support of improvements to the Fort Nelson Community Trail.

Federal funding was used to create safe, paved access points to the Fort Nelson Community Trail, improving accessibility for strollers and people with mobility issues. Improved access to the Community Trail has increased connectivity between Fort Nelson's town core and residential areas.

In the Economic Action Plan 2012, the Government of Canada announced further support to help communities across the country modernize their infrastructure. The Government committed $150 million over two years for the Fund. CIIF supported projects that aimed to improve existing community infrastructure accessible for use by the public, such as community centres, recreational buildings, local arenas, and further community and cultural facilities.

Quick Facts

  • The Fort Nelson Community Trail is used for activities such as walking, jogging, cycling, rollerblading, bird watching, and wildlife viewing.

  • Incorporated in 2009, the Northern Rockies Regional Municipality is the first regional municipality in British Columbia, and encompasses 10% of the province.

Quotes

"I am pleased to announce the Government of Canada's support for the Northern Rockies Regional Municipality. Infrastructure such as the Fort Nelson Community Trail increases community spirit, and provides a lasting legacy for northern BC communities."

- Bob Zimmer, Member of Parliament for Prince George-Peace River

"Fort Nelson's Community Trail sustains the region's social and environmental health; it is a recreational beacon that is free of charge and open year round. This accessibility and extension project links the trail to sidewalks and provides parking to open it up to even more residents, especially those who have small children or mobility issues."

- Mayor Bill Streeper, Northern Rockies Regional Municipality

Additional Links

- Northern Rockies Regional Municipality: http://www.northernrockies.ca/

- Northern Rockies Regional Municipality - Outdoor Recreation, Trails: http://www.northernrockies.ca/EN/main/residents/Recreation-Services/Outdoor-Recreation/Trails.html

- Canada's Economic Action Plan: Success in the West - Art Fraser Memorial Park - Fort Nelson: http://www.wd.gc.ca/eng/13248.asp

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Contact Information

  • Emily Goucher
    Office of the Minister
    Western Economic Diversification
    613-954-8097
    emily.goucher@wd-deo.gc.ca

    Janet Chen
    Manager of Communications
    Western Economic Diversification Canada
    604-666-3395
    janet.chen@wd-deo.gc.ca

    Ross Coupe
    Deputy Corporate Manager
    Northern Rockies Regional Municipality
    Fort Nelson, British Columbia
    250-774-2541 ext. 2030
    rcoupe@northernrockies.ca

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