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Federal Government, Province and City Announce Investment in Recreational Infrastructure in St. Boniface

June 29, 2009
Winnipeg, Manitoba

The Winakwa Community Centre will move forward an expansion and renovation thanks to funding from all three levels of government.

Shelly Glover, Member of Parliament for Saint-Boniface and Parliamentary Secretary for Official Languages, on behalf of the Honourable Lynne Yelich, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, Bidhu Jha, Member of the Legislative Assembly for Radisson, and City of Winnipeg Mayor Sam Katz announced funding for a project that will create jobs for Manitobans.

This Government, through Canada’s Economic Action Plan, is taking immediate action to reduce the effects of the economic slowdown,” said Shelly Glover. “With projects such as the Winakwa Community Centre, the Recreational Infrastructure Canada (RInC) program is not only creating immediate jobs for Manitoba, but will also help pave the way for our community’s future growth and prosperity.

The total cost of the project is $2,633,950 with funding of $800,000 provided through Western Economic Diversification Canada under the Recreational Infrastructure Canada (RInC) program with a matching $800,000 provided by the Province of Manitoba. Under the Recreation Leisure Infrastructure Program (RLIP), the province is also contributing an additional $320,000 towards this project and $480,000 is from the City of Winnipeg.  The City’s contribution is dependent upon a proposal to be brought forward to Council for consideration on July 29, 2009.  The balance of the funding, $233,950 is provided by the Winakwa Community Centre.

Building recreational opportunity is important to our government,” said Bidhu Jha.  “I am pleased to support the community on this project, and I commend the Winakwa Community Centre for all their hard work on this project.  Not only does this project improve recreational opportunities for the community, but also creates jobs and stimulates the economy.

Under the project, the Winakwa Community Centre will construct a full-sized gymnasium, including a new front entrance, change rooms, washrooms, mechanical and circulation area as well as renovations to the existing space.

The City of Winnipeg is pleased to meet the priorities of Winnipeggers and investment in our recreational facilities,” said Mayor Katz.  “By working together with all our stakeholders, we can ensure our citizens continue to have facilities to enjoy much needed recreational programming.  The best investment we can make is in providing positive alternatives to our city’s youth.

On behalf of the Board of Winakwa Community Centre and our many members, I am pleased to accept the opportunity to fulfill the much needed expansion to our facility,” said Robert K. Gobeil, President of the Winakwa Community Centre.  “This will enable us to better serve the needs of the many seniors, adults and children of our community.

The Recreational Infrastructure Canada (RInC) program, is part of Canada’s Economic Action Plan.  RInC will invest $500 million in recreational facilities across Canada over a two-year period. It will provide a temporary economic stimulus that will help reduce the impacts of the global recession while renewing, upgrading and expanding recreational infrastructure in Canadian communities.

Today’s announcement continues the important steps the Province of Manitoba is taking to support economic growth by investing $1.6 billion this year into infrastructure to stimulate the economy, create jobs, and renew the province’s roads, schools, health facilities, and water treatment facilities.

Visit the Recreational Infrastructure Canada (RInC) program or Canada's Economic Action Plan for more information.

For additional information, contact:

Charlene MacDonald
Manager, Communications
Western Economic Diversification Canada
Telephone: 204 983-6243
Cell: 204 918-0226

Jonathan Hildebrand
Director of Cabinet Communications
Province of Manitoba
Telephone:  204 945-1494

Brad Salyn
Director of Communication
Office of the Mayor
Telephone:  204 986-4003
Cell:  204 803-4121

Ben Lee
Winakwa Community Centre
Telephone: 204 927-1255  
Cell:  204 781-0431

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