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Harper Government Invests in Improvements to Winnipeg’s Community Infrastructure (1a)

March 13, 2013
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Today, Joyce Bateman, Member of Parliament for Winnipeg South Centre, on behalf of the Honourable Lynne Yelich, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, announced support for the Pembina Curling Club under the Harper Government's Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund (CIIF).

"I am proud of our Government's investment to help upgrade the Pembina Curling Club," said MP Bateman. "The improvements will help enhance the facility so it continues to remain a vital part of the community, while supporting the creation of jobs, growth and long-term prosperity for Winnipeg."

The Harper Government's investment of $50,150 will allow the club to renovate the existing facility built in 1958. The Pembina Curling Club was the first curling club in the Fort Garry neighborhood, and has grown to become a six sheet rink offering 25 leagues for players of all ages. The investment will support improved lighting, wall restorations, and the installation of a new carpet.

"We are extremely honoured to be the beneficiary of this funding from the Federal Government's Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund," said Rick Sproule, Club President. "This funding will be used to complete renovations to the Pembina Curling Club lounge facilities and will enable us to provide a modern, environmentally friendly, welcoming curling and social gathering place in Winnipeg, the curling capital of Canada."

In Economic Action Plan 2012, the Harper Government announced further support to help communities across the country modernize their infrastructure. Our Government committed $150 million over two years for the Fund. The Fund supports projects that look to improve existing community infrastructure accessible for use by the public, such as community centres, recreational buildings, local arenas, cultural and other community facilities.

Since 2006, the Harper Government, through WD, has invested in job-creating, small- and medium-sized businesses, aerospace, marine and defence industries, and supported innovative entrepreneurs in pursuing emerging markets. By continuing to promote new economic opportunities, WD is helping to create jobs, economic growth, and long-term prosperity.

For more information, contact:

Gabriela Klimes
Communications, Winnipeg
Western Economic Diversification Canada
Telephone: 204-983-6243

Rick Sproule
President, Pembina Curling Club
Telephone: 204-489-6435

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