Western Economic Diversification Canada



Western Economic Diversification Canada

January 22, 2013 16:30 ET

Harper Government Strengthening Community Infrastructure Across the Country

VICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Jan. 22, 2013) - Across the country, community centres, cultural centres, hockey rinks, swimming pools, and other community projects will soon be improved thanks to support from the Harper Government's Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund (CIIF).

As part of the Government's Economic Action Plan 2012, the Honourable Lynne Yelich, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, announced support today towards rehabilitating Victoria's community infrastructure under the Fund.

"Our Government is committed to creating jobs, growth and long-term prosperity in our communities across Canada," said Minister Yelich. "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 $144,600 will go towards upgrading the Crystal Pool and Fitness Centre's electrical system, as well as the Fernwood Community Centre's heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems. These two facilities play key roles in providing recreational and fitness opportunities for area residents, who will benefit from the planned improvements.

"The Fernwood Community Centre and the Crystal Pool and Fitness Centre are important facilities in our community, offering a remarkable variety of programs and services for people of all ages," said Victoria Mayor Dean Fortin. "This partnership with the Government of Canada will go a long way to ensuring these valuable community assets continue to serve the residents of Victoria and the region."

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

  • Jerra Kosick
    Office of the Minister
    Western Economic Diversification
    613-954-8097
    jerra.kosick@wd-deo.gc.ca

    Katie Josephson
    Director of Corporate Communications
    City of Victoria
    250-361-0210
    Cellular: 250-217-8343

    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.