Western Economic Diversification Canada

Western Economic Diversification Canada

December 19, 2013 13:00 ET

Richmond's Community Infrastructure Receives Upgrades with Support from the Harper Government

RICHMOND, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - Dec. 19, 2013) - The Honourable Alice Wong, Minister of State for Seniors and Member of Parliament for Richmond, was in Richmond today on behalf of the Honourable Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, to announce support for the Richmond Public Library 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 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.

Quick Facts

  • The Harper Government's investment of $73,409 upgraded the wireless broadband service the wireless broadband service within five Richmond library branches and four recreation centres.
  • These facilities are now equipped with reliable internet service and enhanced access to educational and learning opportunities for visitors.

Quotes

"I am proud to see the Richmond Public Library benefit from our Government's support for community infrastructure improvements. This library is an important part of our community, offering opportunities for learning and providing many different services that people from Richmond have come to love. This investment helped create jobs and growth within our community, and will support the prosperity of the area for years to come."

  • Alice Wong, Minster of State for Seniors

"Our community benefits by having engaged citizens. These new library services will promote community engagement by providing more access to information for all of our residents, encouraging literacy and building new connections within the community. The City is pleased to have supported the Richmond Public Library and the Government of Canada in expanding the range and accessibility of the library's e-services."

  • Malcolm Brodie, Mayor of Richmond

"Enhanced access to government websites, Richmond Public Library's online resources, and the full range of social media, are just a few of the advantages. The library's introduction of seven new digital services, including eBooks, eMagazines, eAudiobooks, eNewspapers, eMusic, eVideo and Online Language Learning, makes access to the information people need just a click away. The Richmond Public Library Board wishes to thank the Federal Government for its Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund, as well as the City of Richmond for providing this increased access."

  • Peter Kafka, Library Board Chair

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Contact Information

  • Jaime Burke
    Regional Communications Manager
    Western Economic Diversification Canada
    604-666-1318
    jaime.burke@wd-deo.gc.ca

    Lee Anne Smith
    Coordinator, Learning Place Services
    Richmond Public Library
    Richmond, BC
    604-231-6417
    leeanne.smith@yourlibrary.ca

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