Western Economic Diversification Canada



Western Economic Diversification Canada

February 19, 2013 14:00 ET

Harper Government Invests in Improvements to Parksville's Community Infrastructure

PARKSVILLE, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Feb. 19, 2013) - Today, Dr. James Lunney, Member of Parliament for Nanaimo-Alberni, on behalf of the Honourable Lynne Yelich, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, announced support for upgrades to the Oceanside Place Arena under the Harper Government's Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund (CIIF).

"Oceanside Place is used by thousands of area residents, from Junior B hockey's Oceanside Generals through minor hockey to old-timers, fans, schools, recreational skating and community events," said MP Lunney. "I am pleased that our Government is investing in improvements to the accessibility and safety of this valued community asset while creating new economic opportunities."

The Harper Government's investment of $61,950 in federal funding will enhances the services provided by the Oceanside Place Arena by replacing the high bay lighting fixtures. These renovations will improve the safety and accessibility of the facility.

"Once these new fixtures are installed, the RDN will see an energy savings of close to $13,000 per year at this facility, with a payback period of only 11 years," said RDN Chairperson Joe Stanhope. "On behalf of the community and the RDN Board of Directors, I would like to thank the Government of Canada for providing us with the funding needed for these important upgrades."

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

  • Jaime Burke
    Regional Communications Manager
    Western Economic Diversification Canada
    Vancouver, British Columbia
    604-666-1318

    Dean Banman
    Manager of Recreation Services
    Regional District of Nanaimo
    250-248-3252

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