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Supporting Communities, Creating Jobs

Photo of L-R: Don George, Kenaston Lions Club, Minister Yelich, and Bernie Vossen, Viscount Archery Club at launch of CIIF in the West.

L-R: Don George, Kenaston Lions Club, Minister Yelich, and Bernie Vossen, Viscount Archery Club at launch of CIIF in the West.

Communities across Canada are able to make much-needed repairs and improvements to their local infrastructure thanks to the federal government’s Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund (CIIF), a $150-million national investment made as part of Canada’s Economic Action Plan 2012.

WD is delivering the funding in Western Canada, with an allocation of $46.2 million over two years to be divided between Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia.

CIIF targets repairs to community infrastructure, such as local arenas, libraries, community centres, sports fields and bike paths. Local, regional, and First Nations governments, as well as non-profit organizations like service clubs, were eligible to apply to get funding for their projects.

"Community facilities are the beating hearts of Canadian communities from coast to coast to coast, providing places where families, friends and neighbours can gather," said Minister Yelich at the program launch in Kenaston, Saskatchewan on July 5. "But this new Fund is more than an investment in infrastructure, it’s an investment in people. This Fund will create local jobs by stimulating construction activity for the next two years."

Construction is now underway on many of these projects, and must be completed by March 31, 2014. As part of the Government of Canada’s Economic Action Plan 2012, this funding will provide broad-based economic benefits for western communities, including local job creation.

Project Snapshots: Across the West

British Columbia

Minister Yelich announces CIIF funding to make upgrades to the Castlegar and District Public Library’s heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems.

Minister Yelich announces CIIF funding to make upgrades to the Castlegar and District Public Library’s heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems.

The Castlegar and District Public Library will enjoy upgrades thanks to WD funding through CIIF. With federal support, the City of Castlegar will improve the energy efficiency of the library by replacing the library's heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system, in addition to three furnaces. This project will contribute to the development of the community by creating economic growth and improving local facilities.

 

Alberta

Thanks to federal support, the Walsh and District Community Association Hall is being enhanced to make it more accessible to the public. Through this CIIF project, the Community Association is renovating the hall's kitchen by improving access for mobilityimpaired individuals and upgrading kitchen equipment. The renovations will create immediate short-term jobs and ensure that even more members of the community can easily and comfortable enjoy the hall.

 

Saskatchewan

Minister Fletcher with Don Pickering, President, Charleswood Legion, at CIIF funding announcement towards the Royal Canadian Legion

Minister Fletcher with Don Pickering, President, Charleswood Legion, at CIIF funding announcement towards the Royal Canadian Legion.

With the help of WD funding through CIIF, the Village of Paradise Hill is upgrading its local arena to enhance public safety and create local jobs. Renovations to the arena include installing posts and tempered safety glass on the boards surrounding the ice surface. These improvements will allow the arena to remain operational and safe for public use while providing economic benefits and an improved space for the local community.

 

Manitoba

With CIIF funding, WD is helping to make the Royal Canadian Legion in Winnipeg more energy efficient while growing the local economy. By replacing its roof system, two rooftop heating and air conditioning units, a new lighting system, and the main floor ceiling, CIIF is creating local jobs and improving a space the entire community can enjoy.