Western Economic Diversification Canada



Western Economic Diversification Canada

August 18, 2014 13:00 ET

Harper Government Supports Community Infrastructure in British Columbia's Southern Interior

WINLAW, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - Aug. 18, 2014) - Western Economic Diversification Canada

Today, Cathy McLeod, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Labour and for Western Economic Diversification, and Member of Parliament for Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo, on behalf of the Honourable Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, announced $28,388 in federal funding under the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund (CIIF) in support of two infrastructure projects in BC's Southern Interior.

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 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

  • An investment of over $8,000 made to the Slocan Valley Threads Guild has funded upgrades to the roof and wheelchair accessibility of the community hall.
  • At the Procter-Harrop Seniors Centre, an investment of over $20,000 has enabled upgrades and improvements to the entrance, washrooms and outside ramp.
  • The Slocan Valley Threads Guild Community Hall is a society of people who are active in any of the fibre arts - which include: sewing, spinning, dyeing and weaving.
  • The Procter-Harrop Seniors Association has been in existence since 1977 to provide activities that enrich the lives of older adults.

Quotes

"I am proud to see the Southern Interior of British Columbia benefit from our Government's support for key community facilities. By making these investments in local infrastructure, we are creating jobs, economic growth and supporting the prosperity of the community for years to come."

  • Cathy McLeod, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Labour and for Western Economic Diversification

"Thanks to the funding from the Government of Canada, our Slocan Valley Threads Guild building is now sheltered beneath a new and much needed roof. Our wheelchair ramp is now wider and safer, as well as properly sheltered from snow and ice. We greatly appreciate the financial assistance which enabled us to complete these improvements, and look forward to many years of community gatherings and craft practice in our heritage building."

  • Brenda Elder, Slocan Valley Threads Guild

"The Procter-Harrop Senior's Centre is very grateful for the funding provided by the Government of Canada and Western Economic Diversification Canada. The senior's centre now has a safe and secure building with proper fire exits and much needed improvements to the accessibility for people in wheelchairs and walkers. Seniors with disabilities can now come to the centre to enjoy the activities and socialize with others.

  • Rose Burgess, Treasurer of the Procter-Harrop Seniors Association

Additional Links

Slocan Valley Thread Guild

Harrop-Procter BC Community Website

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Contact Information

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

    Ben Letts
    A/Manager of Communications
    Western Economic Diversification Canada
    604-666-7543
    ben.letts@wd-deo.gc.ca

    Slocan Valley Thread Guild
    250-226-7703
    block_s_l@hotmail.com

    Procter-Harrop Seniors Association
    250-229-4256

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