Western Economic Diversification Canada

Western Economic Diversification Canada

November 16, 2012 14:00 ET

Harper Government Invests in Improvements to Castlegar's Community Infrastructure

CASTLEGAR, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Nov. 16, 2012) - Today, the Honourable Lynne Yelich, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, announced federal funding for upgrades to the Castlegar and District Public Library, under the Harper Government's Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund (CIIF).

"I am very happy to see Castlegar benefit from the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund," said Minister Yelich. "This investment will help create jobs and growth, and will support the prosperity of the community for years to come."

With the $14,118 in funding announced today, the City of Castlegar will make upgrades to the Castlegar and District Public Library's heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems. As a result, the library will benefit from modern, reliable components that help improve efficiency and reduce energy consumption, and its patrons will benefit from a controlled and comfortable environment.

"We are very pleased that the Harper Government is investing in our community library's heating and ventilation system. We will see benefits in lowering the building's heating costs and increased comfort for our library users," said Castlegar Mayor Lawrence Chernoff.

"It's great to see an important community asset being further developed through this program," said Garry Merkel, Columbia Basin Trust (CBT) Board Chair. "This was a unique opportunity for CBT to provide matching grants to help communities leverage federal funding to improve infrastructure in our region."

Columbia Basin Trust (CBT) is providing $6,750 toward this project, 50 per cent of the community's required portion.

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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Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund

Through the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund (CIIF), the Harper Government has committed to supporting communities and creating jobs through repairs and improvements to existing community facilities over the next two years. The Fund is being delivered by the regional development agencies across Canada. In Western Canada, Western Economic Diversification is delivering over $46 million towards eligible projects.

The construction of new infrastructure and repairs to facilities that are primarily for commercial or for-profit activities are ineligible. Facilities must be accessible for use by the public and not limited to a private membership. All projects are required to be completed by March 31, 2014.

Organizations eligible to apply for funding under CIIF include:

  • local or regional governments or related agencies;
  • provincial entities that provide municipal-type services to communities;
  • non-profit organizations; and
  • First Nation governments, including Band or Tribal Councils or their legally-designated representatives.

Examples of the type of community infrastructure that can be supported under CIIF include:

  • community centres;
  • cultural centres;
  • parks;
  • libraries;
  • recreational facilities (e.g. local arenas, swimming pools, sports fields, and other types of recreational facilities);
  • tourism facilities having a local impact; and
  • other existing community infrastructure assets which have a local community impact such as connectivity and broadband and local airports.

Please refer to the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund website for more information.

Contact Information

  • Jerra Kosick
    Office of the Minister
    Western Economic Diversification

    Lawrence D. Chernoff
    City of Castlegar

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