KAMLOOPS, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Nov. 16, 2012) - Today, Cathy McLeod, Member of Parliament for Kamloops – Thompson – Cariboo, on behalf of the Honourable Lynne Yelich, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, announced federal funding for Heffley Creek Hall under the Harper Government's Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund (CIIF).
"I'm pleased that our Government is improving community facilities while creating jobs and economic growth here in Heffley Creek," said MP McLeod. "Facilities like the Heffley Creek Hall are the heart and soul of our community. They provide so many services from group activities, to social support, to public information, and we are proud to support them."
Funding of $4,900 from the federal Government will allow the Heffley Creek Community Recreation Association to improve the Heffley Creek Hall. The association will replace the flooring in public areas of the facility.
"We are extremely pleased to be provided funding through the CIIF program," said Carl Vetter, President of the Heffley Creek Community Recreation Association. "This will allow us to upgrade the flooring in our hall that is in dire need of replacement. On behalf of all executive and members, we thank you for this support."
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;
- 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.