Western Economic Diversification Canada

Western Economic Diversification Canada

September 22, 2014 13:00 ET

Harper Government Invests in Southern British Columbia Community Infrastructure

SALMO, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - Sept. 22, 2014) - Western Economic Diversification Canada

Today, Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, announced over $403,000 in federal funding under the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund (CIIF) in support of seven infrastructure projects in British Columbia - one in the Thompson Okanagan region, and six in the Kootenay region.

In Economic Action Plan 2012, the Government of Canada announced further support to help communities across the country modernize their infrastructure. The Government committed $150 million over two years for the Fund. CIIF supported projects that aimed to improve existing community infrastructure accessible for use by the public, such as community centres, recreational buildings, local arenas, and further community and cultural facilities.

Quick Facts

  • The Trail Regional Airport recently increased service to and from Vancouver. The airport's runway was extended with federal funding.
  • The Aquatic and Leisure Centre in Trail is the largest aquatic centre and multi-sport facility in the area. The funds allowed the centre to replace its lockers.
  • Federal funding allowed the Rock Creek Boundary Fair Association to replace the grandstand bleachers. The first fair was held in 1946.
  • Activities at the Salmo Valley Youth & Community Centre include a music recording studio, and skateboard bowl. Federal funding upgraded the centre's infrastructure.
  • Community functions at the Creekside Community Park in Fruitvale have benefitted from improved access.
  • Curlers from all over the globe have trained at the Osoyoos International Curling Club. The club's exterior windows were replaced with federal funding.
  • The Procter Community Playground is managed and run in part by the Procter Community Society which also runs the community hall and Procter schoolhouse. The society installed new playground equipment with federal funding.

Quotes

"Our Government is pleased to support community infrastructure projects in BC's Thompson Okanagan and Kootenay regions. Families and communities are already benefitting from these improved facilities, which provide a lasting legacy for communities across Southern British Columbia."

  • The Honourable Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification

"The Salmo Valley Youth & Community Centre is so grateful for the support from Western Economic Diversification Canada's Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund. We were able to transform spaces in our facility to increase participation in our programs; and we were able to modify our entryway to become more handicap accessible."

  • Laurie MacDonald, Executive Director of the Salmo Valley Youth & Community Centre Society

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Backgrounder

Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund

Through the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund (CIIF), the Government of Canada has committed to creating jobs and supporting communities through repairs and improvements to existing community facilities. Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) delivered the Fund in Western Canada with an allocation of $46.2 million over two years.

Seven CIIF projects have been funded - one in the Thompson Okanagan region, and six in the Kootenay region.

Funding Recipient Project Description Federal Contribution (CIIF)
Regional District of Kootenay Boundary The recipient upgraded the Trail Regional Airport, including an extension to the airport runway. $ 100,000
The Corporation of the City of Trail The recipient replaced the facility's 225 lockers in the Trail Aquatic and Leisure Centre. $ 83,790
Rock Creek and Boundary Fair Association The recipient upgraded the community fair grounds by rebuilding and replacing the grandstand bleachers. $ 45,300
Salmo Valley Youth & Community Centre Society The recipient upgraded the centre by developing a multipurpose room, renovating the kitchen, improving building accessibility, and replacing the gym roof. $ 115,000
The Corporation of the Village of Fruitvale The recipient improved access to Creekside Community Park: constructing a switchback pathway and hard surface walkway, installing handrails, and improving vehicle access. $ 39,650
International Curling Club Society The recipient replaced the exterior windows of the Osoyoos International Curling Club. $ 1,712
Procter Community Society The recipient installed safe playground equipment, new benches, and new landscaping. $ 17,800
Total: $ 403,252

More information on the delivery of the Fund in each region is available by contacting each regional development agency. In Western Canada, please visit www.wd-deo.gc.ca for further details.

Additional Links

- Regional District of Kootenay Boundary: http://www.rdkb.com/

- City of Trail: http://www.trail.ca/

- Rock Creek Boundary Fair Association: http://www.rockcreekfallfair.ca/

- Salmo Valley Youth & Community Centre: http://www.svycc.ca/

- Village of Fruitvale: http://village.fruitvale.bc.ca/

- Osoyoos International Curling Club: http://www.osoyooscurlingclub.com/

- Procter Community: http://harrop-procter.com/

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Contact Information

  • Emily Goucher
    Office of the Minister
    Western Economic Diversification
    613-954-8097
    emily.goucher@wd-deo.gc.ca

    Janet Chen
    Manager of Communications
    Western Economic Diversification Canada
    604-666-3395
    janet.chen@wd-deo.gc.ca

    Laurie MacDonald
    Executive Director
    Salmo Valley Youth & Community Centre Society
    Salmo, British Columbia
    250-357-2053
    laurie@svycc.ca

    WD Toll-Free Number: 1-888-338-WEST (9378)
    Teletypewriter (TTY): 1-877-303-3388
    Website: WD is online at www.wd-deo.gc.ca.