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

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 Fort Garry Lions Football Club under the Harper Government’s Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund (CIIF).

The Fort Garry Lions Football Club has a long history in Fort Garry and southern Winnipeg,” said MP Bateman. “I am proud that our Government’s investment will help increase use of the club’s football fields and improve safety for players while supporting jobs, growth and long-term prosperity for Winnipeg.

The Harper Government’s investment of $99,520 will help improve field lighting for the Fort Garry Lions Football Club. Under the project, 36 new lights will be installed at the club’s main football field, while the existing lights will be redirected to the unlit practice field. The investment will make evening play possible while increasing the safety and usage of both fields.

On behalf of the Fort Garry Lions Football Club, I would like to thank Western Economic Diversification for supporting our project,” said Wes Mueller, Fort Garry Lions Club President. “The Fort Garry Lions have served our community since 1957 and are building on our rich history by creating a “Football Centre of Excellence” in South Winnipeg. The addition of full lighting will help us address an immediate need, enhancing player safety and increasing the number of practices and games on our field - making the game of football even more accessible to young people in our community.

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

Mike Sosiak
Director, Resource Development
Fort Garry Lions Football Club
Telephone: 204-945-1972

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