Western Economic Diversification Canada

Western Economic Diversification Canada

September 05, 2013 17:00 ET

Harper Government Invests in Improvements to Lake Country's Community Infrastructure

LAKE COUNTRY, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - Sept. 5, 2013) - Today, the Honourable Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, along with the Honourable Ron Cannan, Member of Parliament for Kelowna-Lake Country, announced support for improvements to the Okanagan Centre Safe Harbour Regional Park's harbour breakwater under the Harper Government's Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund (CIIF).

"I am proud to have the opportunity to reaffirm our Government's support for projects that deliver on our commitment to create jobs and growth," said Minister Rempel. "The Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund is not only working to support the local economies of communities across Canada, but it is also creating a legacy of safe and modern infrastructure that will benefit the residents of these communities for years to come."

The Harper Government's investment of $150,000 will improve the safety and reliability of the harbour breakwater at Okanagan Centre Safe Harbour Regional Park. With the funding, the Regional District of Central Okanagan will reconstruct sections of the breakwater using new steel piles and concrete panels for increased longevity of the structure.

"This funding has strengthened our community by upgrading essential infrastructure," said the Honourable Ron Cannan. "I am pleased to see this Regional District amenity benefit from the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund."

"The wooden breakwater at the Regional Park located in Lake Country has been in place since the 1970's and needs a major overhaul," said Regional District of Central Okanagan Chair Robert Hobson. "We welcome this critical infrastructure funding from the Federal Government to help partially replace the most seriously deteriorating portions of the north breakwater, which is an important asset for many boaters on Okanagan Lake."

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

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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Contact Information

  • Emily Goucher
    Office of the Minister
    Western Economic Diversification
    613-954-8097

    Bruce Smith
    Communications and Intergovernmental Affairs
    Regional District of Central Okanagan
    Kelowna, British Columbia
    250-469-6339

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