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Government of Canada Invests in British Columbia’s Recreational Infrastructure

April 01, 2010
Vancouver, British Columbia

The Honourable Stockwell Day, President of the Treasury Board, Minister for the Asia Pacific Gateway and Member of Parliament for Okanagan - Coquihalla, on behalf of the Honourable Lynne Yelich, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, today announced federal funding for six projects that are creating jobs for British Columbians.

Investments toward projects such as these will help see us through the global downturn by creating immediate jobs, while providing our communities with improved recreational infrastructure,” said Minister Day.

Funding of $171,102 is provided through the Recreational Infrastructure Canada (RInC) program as part of Canada’s Economic Action Plan.

The projects announced range in scope, from the replacement of a cyclist and pedestrian bridge in North Vancouver to curling facility upgrades on Vancouver Island. Each project aims to create immediate jobs, while providing residents and visitors with improved opportunities to lead healthy and active lives.

The Recreational Infrastructure Canada (RInC) program will invest $500 million in recreational facilities across Canada over a two-year period. In total, WD has approved 718 RInC projects that will use all of the funding available in the West. These projects are helping 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. 

Visit the Recreational Infrastructure Canada (RInC) program in the West, or Canada's Economic Action Plan for more information.
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The Government of Canada is investing $171,102 to help six communities throughout British Columbia improve their recreational amenities. The Honourable Lynne Yelich, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, announced the funding under the Recreational Infrastructure Canada program.

For more information, contact:

Jaime Burke
Manager, Communications and Marketing
Western Economic Diversification Canada
Telephone: 604-666-1318

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Recreational Infrastructure Canada (RInC) Projects

The Recreational Infrastructure Canada (RInC) Program provides $500 million nationally over two-years to upgrade or repair existing recreational facilities, which includes new construction infrastructure that is either adding to or replacing existing facilities. Projects being announced in British Columbia today include:

Organization Project Description WD Funding Amount
Meraloma Club Cricket facility renovations at Connaught Park $15,000
Kamloops Community Young Men’s and Young Women’s Christian Association Construct a fully accessible wash house at Camp Deka $18,452
Corporation of the Village of Fruitvale Upgrades to the Beaver Valley Bowling Lanes $43,000
Corporation of the City of North Vancouver Replacement of a cyclist and pedestrian bridge over McKay Creek $70,000
Victoria Curling Club Replacement of a refrigerator system condenser unit $12,000
Freshwater Fisheries Society of B.C. Purchase and install a wheelchair-accessible angling pier at Fuller Lake Park $12,650