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In just under 10 months since Canada's Economic Action Plan was released, projects across Western Canada are up and running, jobs are being created, and communities across the West are seeing the benefits of the Action Plan at work.
Our Government is investing in projects that will not only create jobs in our communities right away, but are also paving the way for Canada's future growth and prosperity," said the Honourable Lynne Yelich, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification. "
The Canadian economy is already showing signs of recovery and that is why we remain committed to stay on course and fully implement our two-year Economic Action Plan."
As of November 26, 2009, Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) has approved 209 Community Adjustment Fund (CAF) projects with an investment of $244.3 million toward total project costs of $405.3 million. Clients report that through these projects they expect to create or maintain more than 3,800 full time equivalent jobs during this challenging economic time.
In addition, WD approved a total of 517 Recreational Infrastructure Canada (RInC) projects with an investment of over $100 million toward total project costs of $378.8 million. Clients report that through these projects they expect to create or maintain approximately 2,000 full time equivalent jobs during this challenging economic time.
Overall, CAF and RInC combined investments in the West have leveraged an additional investment of $430 million, making a significant contribution to western communities.
The Government of Canada has taken unprecedented action to implement Canada's Economic Action Plan (EAP) as quickly and effectively as possible with 97 per cent of the 2009-10 funding in the Action Plan already committed across the country. WD's role is to deliver the Community Adjustment Fund and Recreational Infrastructure Canada (RInC) program in Western Canada. These two initiatives support Canada's Economic Action Plan by creating jobs, upgrading community infrastructure and stimulating local economies across the West.
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Community Adjustment Fund (CAF)
As of November 26, 2009 Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) has approved 209 Community Adjustment Fund (CAF) projects with an investment of $244.3 million toward total project costs of $405.3 million. Clients report that through these projects they expect to create or maintain more than 3,800 full time equivalent jobs during this challenging economic time. Here are some examples of how CAF is making a difference in the West.
British Columbia - Invasive Plant Council of B.C.
Funding of $3,415,000 will help create/maintain approximately 83 jobs full time equivalent jobs in communities throughout British Columbia. The Council has deployed invasive plant (IP) action crews and outreach and inventory crews throughout eligible locations in BC. IP action crews have undertaken invasive plant control and containment activities on high priority species and sites identified through multi-stakeholder planning processes. Outreach and inventory crews have gathered and recorded relevant information on invasive plant as to location, spread, new species, etc. They are also educating key local target audiences to decrease future rates of spread.
Alberta - Canadian Badlands
Funding of $6,225,633 will help create/maintain approximately 42 full time equivalent jobs. Under the newly formed "Canadian Badlands Tourism Development Centre," a single application was submitted to CAF for 23 different projects on behalf of 19 rural Alberta communities. Under this initiative, Canadian Badlands Ltd. is partnering with member organizations and municipalities to make improvements to existing, as well as creating new, tourism-based infrastructure. The projects will help enhance the region's rural communities while supporting the local tourism industry.
Saskatchewan - Prince Albert Grand Council
Funding of $1,784,000 will help create/maintain about 46 full time equivalent jobs in Prince Albert and Northern Saskatchewan by mid-November 2009. The project will consist of constructing fire guards and fire breaks around 20 northern communities assessed as high risk for wild fire damage. Unemployed forestry workers are being hired to do the work of clearing brush and thinning trees near the selected communities. The data obtained from this project will be used to further improve fire prevention measures for the future.
Manitoba - Boundary Trail Railway Company (BTRC)
Funding of $1 million for the Boundary Trail Railway Company (BTRC) will help create/maintain about 35 full time equivalent jobs. The project will establish a short-line railway operation in the communities of Morden, Manitou, Darlingford, La Rivière, and the Rural Municipalities of Stanley and Pembina that will provide rail transport service for the region's agricultural producers and other businesses on the section of track between Morden and Binney Siding just west of Manitou.
Recreational Infrastructure Canada (RInC)
As of November 26, 2009, WD has approved a total of 517 Recreational Infrastructure Canada (RInC) projects with an investment of over $100 million toward total project costs of $378.8 million. Clients report that through these projects they expect to create or maintain approximately 2,000 full time equivalent jobs during this challenging economic time. Here are some examples of how RInC is making a difference in the West.
British Columbia - City of Terrace Aquatic Centre
Funding of $117,000 is expected to generate about 11 full time equivalent jobs in Terrace. The City of Terrace will upgrade its Aquatic Centre by replacing a boiler, installing an air handling/dehumidication system with direct digital control, replacing the east wall of the Centre and purchasing and installing starting blocks. This project will create/maintain jobs for local contractors and facilitate local recreational activity.
Alberta - Town of Penhold
Funding of $849,332 will create approximately 32 full time equivalent jobs. The project will allow the Town of Penhold to expand the current regional multiplex facility by constructing and incorporating a new regulation-sized gymnasium, dance studio and a number of multi-purposes rooms. Once upgraded, new programs and services will be introduced to the community, encouraging active participation in both physical and recreational activities.
Saskatchewan - Village of Frontier Skating Rink
Funding of $234,389 has helped create/maintain about 4 full time equivalent jobs in the Village of Frontier to upgrade their local skating rink. The upgrades include adding a concrete floor and replacing the existing arena boards and bleachers. The changes will significantly lower energy costs and improve safety in the rink.
Manitoba - City of Flin Flon
Funding of $35,090 is expected to help create/maintain about 4 full time equivalent jobs to restore Channing Beach and Jones Square Park. The project will help restore the beach and replace the playground equipment and dock.