Western Economic Diversification Canada

Western Economic Diversification Canada

October 11, 2013 14:00 ET

Harper Government Invests in Improvements to Salmon Arm's Community Infrastructure

SALMON ARM, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - Oct. 11, 2013) - Today, Colin Mayes, Member of Parliament for Okanagan-Shuswap, on behalf of the Honourable Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, announced support for the replacement of the ice plant at the Salmon Arm Curling 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 across Canada," said MP Mayes. "By making these investments in local infrastructure, we are helping boost economic activity and maintain a high quality of life for Canadians."

The Harper Government's investment of $130,286 will enhance the services provided by the curling centre and will create jobs. With the funding provided, the Salmon Arm Curling Club will remove the existing refrigeration plant and install a new, environmentally-friendly system. The new system will ensure that the curling club will remain a key asset to the community for years to come.

"If it wasn't for the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund, we would not have been able to entertain the idea of a new ice plant for our facility. Being over 30 years old, our aging plant was on its last legs," said Darcy Seghers, President of the Salmon Arm Curling Club. "Over the last few curling seasons, we have crossed our fingers and made band-aid repairs hoping our plant would make it through another season. With this funding, we have been able to upgrade to a new, energy-efficient unit that will take us through the next 20-30 years. We are very appreciative of the help we have received from the Federal Government with this investment in our community."

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

    Darcy Seghers
    President
    Salmon Arm Curling Club
    250-832-1544

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