Western Economic Diversification Canada

Western Economic Diversification Canada

September 09, 2011 14:13 ET

Minister Rona Ambrose Highlights the Benefits of Upgrades to the Devonian Botanic Garden

DEVON, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Sept. 9, 2011) - Today, the Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Public Works and Government Services, Minister for Status of Women and Member of Parliament for Edmonton-Spruce Grove toured the improved University of Alberta Devonian Botanic Garden which received a federal investment of $150,000 from the Community Adjustment Fund (CAF) to upgrade its brick pathways.

The completion of the Devonian Botanic Garden brick pathways provides visitors with enhanced opportunities to discover more of the Garden's cultivated areas, made more areas universally accessible, and created long-term economic benefits by enabling local residents and tourists to visit and utilize the gardens for multiple functions, such as wedding ceremonies, family gatherings and corporate events.

"Our Government is proud to see the results and benefits of the pathway upgrades to the Devonian Botanic Garden," said Minister Rona Ambrose. "This investment has created jobs and provided long-term economic benefits to our community by attracting more event opportunities and increased tourism to this area."

"We feel fortunate to have delivered on the opportunities made possible by Western Economic Diversification Canada to improve access to the floral and botanic resources of the Devonian Botanic Garden," said Dr. Lee Foote, Director of the Devonian Botanic Garden. "People of all ages can now easily move through the spectacular herb gardens, heritage garden, trial beds, cactus beds and many more. This grant has facilitated learning and pleasure of the public and will for decades to come."

The CAF allocated $306 million over two years to support the most affected western Canadian communities, such as those that are heavily reliant on resource-based industries, for instance forestry, mining, agriculture and fisheries, and communities that depend on the manufacturing industry. Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) has delivered the fund in the four western provinces.

Visit the Community Adjustment Fund (CAF) in the West or Canada's Economic Action Plan for more information.


Today, the Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister for Status of Women, on behalf of the Honourable Lynne Yelich, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, visited the improved Devonian Botanic Garden, which received a federal investment of $150,000 through the Community Adjustment Fund (CAF) program.

If there is a discrepancy between any printed version and the electronic version of this news release, the electronic version will prevail.

This news release is available online at: www.actionplan.gc.ca.

Contact Information

  • Donna Kinley
    Regional Manager, Communications
    Western Economic Diversification Canada
    (780) 495-6892
    Cell: (780) 991-7432

    Kerry Mulholland
    Communications & Special Event Coordinator
    University of Alberta
    Devonian Botanic Garden
    (780) 987-3054 ext. 2224

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