Western Economic Diversification Canada

Western Economic Diversification Canada
Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program

Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program

July 29, 2015 16:00 ET

Harper Government Invests in Improvements to Vancouver's Community Infrastructure

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - July 29, 2015) - Western Economic Diversification Canada

Today, The Honourable Kerry-Lynne D. Findlay, Member of Parliament for Delta-Richmond East and Minister of National Revenue, on behalf of the Honourable Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, announced support of over $2.8 million for 11 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 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. WD is responsible for the distribution of $46,200,000 over two years for Western Canada.
  • The 11 projects being announced today total $2,821,650 in funding under the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program, and will help improve existing community infrastructure in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Quotes

"A healthy and thriving community requires the necessary sporting facilities and outdoor spaces to ensure that the community is able to stay fit and active, and the renovations to the aquatic centre at the Jewish Community Centre of Greater Vancouver will help foster an energized and positive community."

- The Honourable Kerry-Lynne D. Findlay, Member of Parliament for Delta-Richmond East and Minister of National Revenue

"As Canada prepares to celebrate its 150th anniversary of Confederation, our Government is helping to renovate, expand and rehabilitate existing infrastructure that provides community and cultural benefits for Canadians through the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program."

- Wai Young, Member of Parliament for Vancouver South

"I would like to express my sincere thanks to the Government of Canada for approving our request for funding under The Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program, which will help renovate the aging aquatic centre at the JCC of Greater Vancouver. With the funds provided by the Government, the JCC will be able to provide our members, patrons and residents of this area an improved, modernized and energy efficient aquatic facility. Major infrastructure projects like this would not be possible without help from financial grants like the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program."

- Eldad Goldfarb, Executive Director, Jewish Community Centre of Greater Vancouver

Additional Links

- Backgrounder: Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program

- Jewish Community Centre of Greater Vancouver

British Columbia Projects being launched today:

Proponent Description Canada 150 Funding Amount
City of Vancouver (Library) Expand Vancouver's central library into its top two floors and create a public roof garden $500,000
City of Vancouver (Seawall) Upgrade Vancouver Stanley Park seawall $500,000
Western Front Society Renovate Western Front Society building in Vancouver $240,000
Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Vancouver Upgrade Chinese Cultural Centre and Museum in Vancouver $215,000
Schara Tzedeck Cemetery Board Rehabilitate Jewish historical burial sites at Mountain View Cemetery in Vancouver $27,700
The University of British Columbia Expand the Museum of Anthropology in Vancouver by adding the Northwest Coast Masterworks Gallery $500,000
Army, Navy and Air Force Veterans in Canada Improve accessibility to the Army Navy and Air Force Veterans Unit 298 Canteen $100,100
Young Women's Christian Association, of Vancouver Revitalize YWCA Metro Vancouver's Health + Fitness Centre and Community Meeting Rooms $344,700
L'Chaim Adult Daycare Society Upgrade the facility in L'Chaim Adult Daycare Society $4,100
Jewish Community Centre of Greater Vancouver Renovate the aquatic centre at the Jewish Community Centre in Vancouver $160,100
Vancouver Holocaust Centre Society for Education & Remembrance Renew the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre $229,950

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Contact Information

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

    Eldad Golfarb
    Executive Director
    Jewish Community Centre of Greater Vancouver
    604-257-5111
    eldad@jccgv.bc.ca

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