LUMBY, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Nov. 14, 2012) - Today, Colin Mayes, Member of Parliament for Okanagan-Shuwap, on behalf of the Honourable Lynne Yelich, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, announced federal funding for upgrades to the White Valley Community Centre under the Harper Government's Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund (CIIF).
"Our Government is committed to strengthening our communities and, with today's announcement, I am proud to see Lumby benefit," said MP Mayes. "This investment will help create jobs and growth, and will support the prosperity of the community for years to come."
With the $69,915 in federal funding announced today, the Corporation of the Village of Lumby will be able to upgrade the White Valley Community Centre's lighting and repair its roof. The result will be an improved and safer facility that will continue to benefit the residents of Lumby.
"The White Valley Community Centre is a key recreation destination in Lumby and the surrounding White Valley area, and it is our recreation facilities that are paramount to maintaining health and the high quality of living in our community" said Village of Lumby Mayor, Kevin Acton. "Maintaining these assets can be challenging with a smaller population, so we really appreciate funding opportunities such as the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund."
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.