Western Economic Diversification Canada

Western Economic Diversification Canada
Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program

Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program

July 31, 2015 18:52 ET

Harper Government Invests in Improvements to Richmond's Community Infrastructure

RICHMOND, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - July 31, 2015) - Western Economic Diversification Canada

Today, the Honourable Alice Wong, Minister of State for Seniors and Member of Parliament for Richmond, on behalf of the Honourable Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, announced support of $556,200 for four 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 four projects being announced today total $556,200 in funding under the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program, and will help improve existing community infrastructure in Richmond.
  • The national Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program provides $150 million over two years to be delivered by regional development agencies across the country. It is part of the federal government's activities to honour Canada's 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017. Western Economic Diversification Canada is responsible for the distribution of $46,200,000 over two years for Western Canada.

Quotes

"Our Government's investments across the West are helping to build stronger communities and create jobs. As we look towards the 150th anniversary of Confederation, we are helping all Canadians celebrate this important milestone, while leaving a lasting legacy of improved local infrastructure."

  • The Honourable Alice Wong, Minister of State for Seniors, and Member of Parliament for Richmond

"The Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program will create many legacies for Richmond residents in celebration of Canada's 150th birthday. The four projects approved will help improve accessibility and safety, and enhance community sustainability at the Richmond Olympic Oval, contribute to healthy lifestyles through the Garratt Wellness Centre, and support community literacy and access to information through the Richmond Public Library. Our thanks to the Government of Canada and Western Economic Diversification Canada for supporting us in moving these projects forward."

  • His Worship Malcolm Brodie, Mayor of Richmond

Additional Links

City of Richmond

Richmond Public Library

Garratt Wellness Centre

Richmond Olympic Oval

British Columbia Projects being launched today:

Proponent Description Canada 150 Funding Amount
City of Richmond Renovate the main library in the City of Richmond to create a digital services launchpad $65,000
City of Richmond Upgrade the Garratt Wellness Centre $191,000
City of Richmond Upgrade the accessibility and fire safety systems at the Richmond Olympic Oval $50,100
City of Richmond Upgrade to energy efficient LED lighting at the Richmond Olympic Oval $250,100

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Contact Information

  • Ben Stanford
    Regional Communications Manager
    Western Economic Diversification Canada
    604-666-3395
    ben.stanford@wd-deo.gc.ca

    Ted Townsend
    Senior Manager, Corporate Communications
    City of Richmond
    604-276-4399
    ttownsend@richmond.ca

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