Western Economic Diversification Canada

Western Economic Diversification Canada

January 21, 2014 15:00 ET

Harper Government Supports Community Infrastructure in the Calgary Area

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwired - Jan. 21, 2014) - Western Economic Diversification Canada

The Honourable Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, announced support for seven projects benefitting the Calgary area under the Harper Government's Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund (CIIF).

In Economic Action Plan 2012, the Harper Government announced further support to help communities across the country modernize their infrastructure.
The Fund supports projects that improve existing community infrastructure accessible for use by the public, such as community centres, recreational buildings, local arenas, cultural and other community facilities.

Quick Facts

  • Seven projects in the Calgary area have received a combined total of close to $550,000 through the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund.
  • Investments toward these projects will rehabilitate and improve existing community infrastructure, while providing broad-based economic benefits to local communities.

Quotes

"Our Government is proud to support communities across this country. I am pleased to see Calgary benefitting from our Government's support for local infrastructure. Through these investments, we are also helping to create jobs, economic growth, and more prosperous and vibrant communities."

  • Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification

"The Board of In-Definite Arts is pleased to have received support from the Federal Government through the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund. Developmentally disabled artists of the In-Definite Arts Society and Calgary, as a whole, have benefited from this investment and these improvements will be visible for many years to come."

  • John Lee, Chair of the Board of Directors, In-Definite Arts Society

"The Government's Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund (CIIF) has helped the Bowness Community Association continue to improve upon the Community Centre and Arena, creating a hub of community life and supporting continued work in building a strong, safe and healthy neighbourhood."

  • Michelle Dice, Executive Director, Bowness Community Association

"Thanks to the generous support from Government of Canada, members of the Korean community, as well as the general public will continue to enjoy numerous recreational, fitness and multicultural activities offered at the Calgary Korean Community Centre. This newly upgraded facility is an important part of what makes Calgary a vibrant, healthy and diverse community."

  • Soo-Keun Kim, President, Calgary Korean Association

"Our community facilities were in high need of upgrading and we were very pleased to receive partial funding of our renovation through the Federal Government's Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund (CIIF)."

  • Wil Watson, Director at Large - Grants, Calgary Wildwood Community Association

"The HVAC Upgrade project at Shouldice Aquatic Centre is a great example of governments working collaboratively to invest in Calgary's communities. This project, made possible through CIIF funding, will improve equipment reliability, lower operating costs, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and provide a better experience for Calgarians with improved air quality and temperature. The City of Calgary Recreation continues to reinvest in communities through upgrades, lifecycle maintenance and development contributing to safe, sustainable and vibrant neighbourhoods for all Calgarians."

  • Thomas Hansen, Manager, City of Calgary Recreation.

"We are very grateful for this CIIF investment and the support we continue to receive from all levels of government. This funding and the important infrastructure upgrade it supports, plays a critical part in helping us to continue providing recreational opportunities for our community."

  • Stuart Parnell, Vice-President Finance, Lake Bonavista Community League

"The CIIF investment has provided the Strathcona Christie Aspen Community Association an opportunity to enhance the accessibility of the facility by building a wheelchair accessible washroom, among other projects. This will not only be a benefit to our current users but will also qualify us as an emergency facility, the importance of which has been made clear by this summer's floods."

  • Maureen Smith, President, Strathcona Christie Aspen Community Association

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Backgrounder

Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund

Through the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund (CIIF), the Harper Government is 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.

Seven CIIF projects have been funded in the Calgary area, with funding allocated as follows:

Funding Recipient Project Description Federal Contribution (CIIF)
The In-Definite Arts The recipient will improve accessibility of the facility's lower level to ensure persons with limited mobility have access to all programs and services. $170,262
Bowness Community Association The recipient renovated the main floor space at the Bowness Community Centre to improve user accessibility. $44,003
Calgary Korean Association The recipient improved the Calgary Korean Association Community Centre by repairing the Centre's roof and upgrading its HVAC system. $9,452
Calgary Wildwood Community Association The recipient upgraded the Wildwood Community Association building to provide residents with a comfortable space to enjoy social events. $93,300
The City of Calgary The recipient replaced Shouldice Aquatic Centre's roof top HVAC units to improve the Centre's indoor air quality and temperature. $107,237
Lake Bonavista Community Association The recipient replaced Lake Bonavista Recreation Centre's HVAC and hot water system to improve energy efficiency and reduce operating costs. $83,659
Strathcona Christie Aspen
Community Association
The recipient performed interior and exterior renovations to the Strathcona Christie Aspen Community Centre to ensure continued delivery of recreational programs and services to user groups. $41,975
Total: $549,888

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

Contact Information

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

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