Western Economic Diversification Canada



Western Economic Diversification Canada

November 14, 2012 13:30 ET

Harper Government Invests in Improvements to Saanich's Community Infrastructure

SAANICH, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Nov. 14, 2012) - Today, the Honourable Lynne Yelich, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, announced $56,000 in federal funding for Saanich's G.R. Pearkes Recreation Centre under the Harper Government's Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund (CIIF).

"Our Government is committed to creating jobs, growth and long-term prosperity in our communities,' said Minister Yelich. "By improving facilities such as this, we are helping to boost economic activity and maintain a high quality of life for Canadians."

The District of Saanich's G.R. Pearkes Recreation Centre is home to the municipality's only ice rinks, along with a strength training centre, aerobic /dance studio, sport courts, library, and teen activity centre. Funding for the centre will help install a new energy-efficient lighting system and motion sensors in the Gold Rink, Green Rink and arena lobby areas.

"Partnerships like this one with the Federal Government, through Western Economic Diversification Canada make a positive impact in our community," said Saanich Mayor Frank Leonard. "With this support, the installation of cleaner and greener lighting technology allows The District of Saanich to significantly reduce the energy consumption at G.R. Pearkes and provide better arena experiences for all user groups."

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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BACKGROUNDER

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;
  • parks;
  • libraries;
  • 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.

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