Western Economic Diversification Canada

Western Economic Diversification Canada

June 25, 2014 14:00 ET

Harper Government Supports Community Infrastructure in Northern Manitoba

THOMPSON, MANITOBA--(Marketwired - June 25, 2014) - Western Economic Diversification Canada

Today, the Honourable Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, announced support for several community infrastructure projects across northern Manitoba under the Government of Canada's Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund (CIIF).

In Economic Action Plan 2012, the Harper Government announced support of $150 million over a two year period to help communities across the country modernize their infrastructure. The Fund supported projects that improved existing community infrastructure accessible for use by the public, such as community centres, recreational buildings, local arenas, cultural and other community facilities.

Quick Facts

  • Nine projects across six northern Manitoba communities received a combined total of $217,381 through the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund.
  • Investments toward these projects ensure the long-term viability of important community facilities in northern Manitoba.


"Our Government is committed to growth and long-term prosperity in our communities across Canada. By making these investments in local infrastructure, we are creating a strong and sustainable economy benefiting northerners and all Manitobans."

  • Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification

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Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund

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

Projects across northern Manitoba received the following allocations:

Funding Recipient Project Description Federal Contribution (CIIF)
Thompson Humane Society Inc. The recipient has renovated the siding and fascia of the animal shelter and resurfaced around the drain hole. Improvements have extended the life of the building and improved energy efficiency. $3,136
Norway House Cree Nation The recipient has upgraded existing communication masts essential for delivering telecommunications and broadcasting services. $50,300
Cranberry Portage Heritage Museum Corp The recipient has restored the former railway station as a heritage museum site. Repairs include new insulation, installation of a geothermal heating/cooling unit, replacing the roof, repairing windows and painting. The Museum provides a multi-generational and multi-cultural education resource and an interactive facility for students. $46,200
Town of Snow Lake The recipient has upgraded the heating and air conditioning system of the Snow Lake Community Hall. The upgrade has increased the energy efficiency of the building and provides the community with an improved facility for a variety of events. $30,300
Town of The Pas - Sam Waller Museum
(2 projects)
The recipient has replaced the roof and installed new storm sashes on the Sam Waller Museum. These improvements have ensured structural integrity and have improved the lifespan of the building. The Sam Waller Museum is the longest- standing government constructed facility in the community. $54,337 (combined)
City of Flin Flon The recipient has renovated the Camp Whitney mess hall. Upgrades included LED lighting, replaced flooring and an additional propane heater. These improvements provide community groups with an improved hall for future enjoyment. $10,249
Thompson Boys and Girls Club The recipient has replaced the roof shingles and installed air conditioning in the Club. The improvements have provided a comfortable and attractive environment for programs and services for at-risk children and youth in Thompson and the surrounding area. $9,240
Thompson Toddlers Day Care Inc. The recipient has upgraded their heating and air conditioning system, providing a healthier environment and minimizing potential health issues. $13,619
Total: $217,381

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.

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Contact Information

  • Emily Goucher
    Office of the Minister
    Western Economic Diversification

    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