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Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program

Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program

July 29, 2015 13:44 ET

Harper Government Invests in Improvements to Edmonton's Community Infrastructure

EDMONTON, ALBERTA--(Marketwired - July 29, 2015) - Western Economic Diversification Canada

Today, the Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Health and Member of Parliament for Edmonton-Spruce Grove, announced support of $222,120 for two projects 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 Castle Downs Family YMCA is an important facility in a community where over half of households are families with children. Renovations to this facility will provide opportunities for youth and family engagement and will meet the needs of this growing community.
  • The Thistle Curling Rink is one of Edmonton's oldest curling rinks. These upgrades will improve the quality of the rink and extend its useful life for many years to come.
  • 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

"By investing in local infrastructure, we are ensuring that Canadians and their families can continue to can benefit from improved public spaces. With our Government's support, we are strengthening towns and cities across Canada and helping to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation."

- The Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Health and Member of Parliament for Edmonton - Spruce Grove

"On behalf of the thousands of children, youth and families, the YMCA of Northern Alberta wishes to express its sincere thanks and appreciation to Minister Ambrose and the Government of Canada for being selected to receive the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program contribution. This renewed space will allow us to increase our engagement with families, children and youth in our community through increased program and service offerings."

- Nick Parkinson, President & CEO, YMCA of Northern Alberta

"Upgrades to the Thistle Curling Club rink will enable us to keep our operating costs down and continue to allow people in our community to get out in the winter and enjoy the sport of curling along with the fellowship and comradery that our wonderful sport is known for."

- Thomas Stroh, President, Thistle Curling Club

Alberta Projects being launched today:

Funding Recipient Description Canada 150 Funding Amount
The Castle Downs Family YMCA Upgrades to the Castle Downs YMCA include renovating front entranceway, reconfiguring indoor hall and kitchen space, and installing a basketball court, picnic area and fence $192,120
The Thistle Curling Club Upgrades to the Thistle Curling Rink include installing energy efficient lighting and a commercial overhead door. $30,000

Additional Links

- Canada 150

- WD Canada 150

- Castle Downs Family YMCA

- The Thistle Curling Club

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