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Harper Government Takes Action to Improve Community Facilities in Alberta – Minister Yelich Launches the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund in the West

July 05, 2012
Edmonton, Alberta
Minister Yelich announces support for the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund.

Minister Yelich announces support for the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund.

Corresponding Document: Speech

Today the Honourable Lynne Yelich, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification officially announced that community facilities, such as local arenas, community centres, and sports fields across the West, are now eligible for upgrades thanks to the launch of the new Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund (CIIF).

"The Harper Government is committed to creating jobs, growth and long-term prosperity in our communities," said Minister Yelich. "The Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund will do this by renewing our community facilities and helping secure new economic opportunities in the West and across Canada."

CIIF will support, on a cost-shared basis, repairs and improvements to existing community infrastructure accessible to the public. Local, regional and First Nation governments, as well as community not-for-profit organizations with projects that can be completed before March 31, 2014 are invited to apply for funding.

Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) is delivering over $46 million in funding towards projects in Western Canada.

The deadline to apply is August 2, 2012. There will be a second call for applications in November and additional intakes if funding is available. For details on project eligibility and how to submit an application, please refer to WD’s Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund website.

This national program provides $150 million to be delivered by regional development agencies across the country. For more information on the national program, please refer to the backgrounder.

Western Economic Diversification Canada works to create jobs and economic growth for Western Canada. By promoting new economic opportunities, WD is securing a more diverse and prosperous future for the West while advancing western interests at the national level.

For more information, contact:

Nicholas Insley
Office of the Minister
Western Economic Diversification
Telephone: (613) 954-1042
Email: Nicholas.Insley@wd-deo.gc.ca

WD Toll-Free Number:1-888-338-WEST (9378)
Teletypewriter (TTY): 1-877-303-3388
WD Website: www.wd-deo.gc.ca.
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Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund

Through the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund (CIIF), the Harper Government has committed to supporting communities and creating jobs through repairs and improvements to existing community facilities over the next two years. Expansions such as adding ramps to improve accessibility to a facility, adding a roof to an outdoor rink or extending a trail or bike path are eligible. The construction of new infrastructure and repairs to facilities that are primarily for commercial or for-profit activities are ineligible. Facilities must be accessible for use by the public and not limited to a private membership. All projects are required to be completed by March 31, 2014.

The Fund is being delivered by the regional development agencies across Canada and will support projects on a cost-shared basis. Municipal, regional and First Nation governments, as well as not-for-profit organizations are eligible to apply.

The Fund has been allocated as follows:

Regional Development Agency Region Fiscal year 2012-13 Fiscal year 2013-14 Total
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency Newfoundland and Labrador, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island $8,300,000 $8,300,000 $16,600,000
Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec Quebec $15,600,000 $15,600,000 $31,200,000
Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario Ontario $24,800,000 $24,800,000 $49,600,000
Northern Economic Development Agency Yukon, Northwest Territories, Nunavut $3,200,000 $3,200,000 $6,400,000
Western Economic Diversification British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba $23,100,000 $23,100,000 $46,200,000

More information on the delivery of the Fund in each region is available by contacting each regional development agency. In Western Canada, please visit WD’s Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund website for further details.